EPA’s New Chemical Data Reporting Rule Falls Short

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EPA’s New Chemical Data Reporting Rule Falls Short

WASHINGTON - Environmental Working Group senior scientist David Andrews issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of its revised Chemical Data Reporting rule (CDR).

“The fact that EPA does not annually track what chemicals are produced or imported in the United States is a serious failure of modern chemical policy,” said David Andrews, Ph.D, a senior scientist with Environmental Working Group. “Basic chemical production and use information is necessary to assess risk to human health and the environment, and EPA has taken some steps in collecting more information. However, the high reporting threshold and infrequent data collection leave EPA and the public with inadequate information to safeguard our children and the environment. Chemical companies provide quarterly reports on production and sales figures to shareholders. Why shouldn't the public and EPA receive similar reports every year about commonly used chemicals, some of which could pose a serious health risk?”

EWG provided the following comments to EPA last year on the proposed rule change: http://www.ewg.org/Comments-on-TSCA-Inventory-Update-Reporting

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The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

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