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EPA looking to limit the use of certain chemicals

July 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that companies be required to report new uses of 14 chemicals known as glymes, according a press release.

The EPA is saying that additional uses of glymes could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects, the release stated.

According to the release, the proposed regulatory procedure is called a significant new use rule (SNUR), under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The SNUR would ensure that, before the chemicals are manufactured, imported or processed for their new use, the EPA will have 90 days to evaluate potential risks and will have the ability to prohibit or limit these activities, the release noted.

"This proposed rule would enable EPA to evaluate the use of these chemicals before Americans are subject to additional exposure to them in numerous consumer products," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA''s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

"We need to take a closer look at the potential health effects that additional exposure to these chemicals could have," Owens added.

Click here to read the complete release.