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EPA Chemicals Memo Sparks Concern of More ‘Regulatory Rabies’

Feb. 22, 2021, 4:11 PM

Auto, airplane, and other manufacturers could lose the right to use certain flame retardants, lubricants, and other chemicals they deem essential, now that the Biden EPA is reviewing exemptions to five toxic substances rules granted during the Trump era, several attorneys told Bloomberg Law.

Even if the Environmental Protection Agency upholds the final rules and their exemptions, the review signals more stringent rules ahead and greater value on public health concerns, the attorneys say.

Their concern centers on Feb. 5 memo announcing plans to review and possibly revise five final rules banning many uses of persistent, toxic chemicals; two final...

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