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Herb Estreicher Quoted in Chemical Watch Article on NGO’s Complaint Against EPA Regarding Toxicity Concerns During Chemical Review

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Keller and Heckman Partner Herb Estreicher was quoted in the Chemical Watch article, “NGO faults U.S. EPA for overlooking existing substance toxicity in new chemical reviews.” The article discusses a complaint filed by the nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approving a substance during the Agency’s chemical review that releases a solvent, parachlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF), which has been linked to cancer. According to the non-governmental organization (NGO), the EPA failed to disclose cancer risk estimates in the substance’s pre-manufacture notice review. However, Herb argues that the Agency’s only concern during evaluations conducted under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are whether a new substance’s “manufacture, processing or distribution represents an unreasonable risk.” 

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