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Keller and Heckman Counsel David Fischer Quoted in InsideEPA Article on Additional Delays of EPA’s New-Chemical Reviews

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Keller and Heckman Counsel David Fischer was quoted in the InsideEPA article, “Industry Fears OCSPP Reforms Will Further Delay New-Chemical Reviews.” The article discusses the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to “enhance scientific integrity” in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention by instituting two internal science policy counsels and creating a senior-level science policy advisor position. Some insiders warn that this could have the effect of slowing down new chemical reviews, and Industry leaders have already warned of the decline of pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) being reviewed in the Agency’s program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) earlier this year. According to David, some companies are also foregoing submitting these notifications altogether because they think, “Why bother? If it gets caught in this vortex of endless review and uncertainty?” On the other hand, many environmental groups believe that the Agency has not gone far enough with its recent reforms. 

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