In accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Environmental Protection Agency requests public comment on 20 chemicals for potential designation as high-priority substances, according to Safety and Health. A chemical identified as high priority is required to undergo a three-year risk evaluation.
The chemicals reportedly under consideration are seven chlorinated solvents; six phthalates, or hormone-disrupting substances linked to several health-related issues; four flame retardants; formaldehyde; one fragrance additive, and one polymer precursor. The EPA published a list of 40 chemicals for risk evaluation earlier this year, after public comment, which initiated a statutory requirement for the agency to designate at least 20 chemicals each as high and low priority by December 22, according to Safety and Health.
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