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EPA Dismisses Risks of Notorious Carcinogen Widespread in Tap Water and Consumer Products

The cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane, which contaminates the drinking water of millions of Americans and is found in personal care products and other consumer goods, is “not an unreasonable risk” to the American public or the environment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA today issued its draft risk evaluation of 1,4-dioxane and found the chemical poses “no unreasonable risk to the environment” or the general public. In November 2016, the EPA selected 1,4-dioxane as one of the first 10 chemicals it would review under the revamped chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, passed earlier that year.  The EPA’s proposal will leave the chemical largely unregulated and still allowed its continued use.  Read more....

 

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