Environmental Health & Safety

Coalition Calls EPA Paraffin Ban Illegal

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 26, 2016

The American Chemistry Council, representing the views of a coalition of trade associations and manufacturers, says the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority in its preliminary decision to ban five medium- and long-chain chlorinated paraffins and prevent two other chemicals from being made.  The group contends the potential risks these materials pose is overstated and that the proposed EPA ban would result in significant economic disruption, according to an article from Bloomberg BNA.

The coalition’s comments came in response to preliminary risk assessments issued by the EPA in December 2015 and the agency’s subsequent proposal to halt production of the chemicals. Regulators in the U.S. and other countries have expressed concerns about the chlorinated paraffin family and the risks these materials pose to aquatic organisms, according to the article.

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