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EPA Identifies Group of Highly Toxic Chemicals for Risk Review

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The federal Environmental Protection Agency has announced a plan to conduct comprehensive safety reviews of 83 chemicals common in consumer goods and manufacturing and to give top priority to seven chemicals considered the most serious risks to human health and the environment.

“The list of chemicals EPA has targeted reads like a rogue’s gallery of carcinogens, neurotoxic substances and chemicals that could cause serious organ damage,” said Jane Houlihan, Senior Vice President for Research at the Environmental Working Group. “Congress hasn’t come up with a legislative fix to help shield the public from toxic substances. But the Obama EPA under Administrator Lisa Jackson continues to do what it’s supposed to do: protect people and the environment.”

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