Review: US system for flagging hazardous chemicals is flawed
A 27-year-old U.S. program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, an examination finds. Under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, private and public facilities must issue an inventory listing potentially hazardous chemicals stored on their properties. But facilities across the country often misidentify these chemicals or their location, and sometimes fail to report the existence of the substances altogether.
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