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EPA begins evaluating 10 common chemicals for toxicity

from Scientific American

The EPA has started flexing its newfound powers to control chemicals in the U.S. The agency announced the first 10 compounds it will evaluate for safety under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation, amended last June, strengthens the agency's authority to regulate new and existing chemicals. Its list, which includes substances such as asbestos, is just the beginning of its revamped efforts. In the coming years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to review thousands of chemicals for their potential risk to human health and ecosystems. more

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