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US govt. names TCE a harmful chemical - used in cleansers, by dry cleaners; 1st time since 1986 govt. names a substance as toxic under TSCA law

Author: Karin Rives, Environmental Defense Fund, Published on: 4 July 2014

"After 28 years with a flawed toxics law, finally a result", 26 June 2014

Laundry & dry cleaner, Brooklyn NY, USAFor the first time in nearly three decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified [a] chemical [trichloroethylene] as harmful under the all-but-dormant Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA said using the solvent...in some sprays, degreasers and stain removers poses a serious threat to workers and consumers as it significantly increases the risk of cancer and other serious health problems...The agency also took the opportunity this week to call on Congress to reform the law...There are 85,000 chemicals in the act's inventory, tens of thousands of which are in commerce with little or no oversight...A year ago, senators introduced the first bipartisan legislation to fix the flawed Toxic Substances Control Act and to direct EPA to review the safety of all chemicals on the market today...EPA’s assessment found elevated health risks...when consumers use spray aerosol degreasers and fixatives, and when workers in small commercial and dry-cleaning shops use degreasers and stain removers, that contain trichloroethylene.

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