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Erik Baptist Comments on EPA’s Plans to Examine Many Uses of 20 Chemicals

Bloomberg Law
May 22, 2020

Erik C. Baptist, a partner in Wiley’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice, was quoted in a May 21 Bloomberg Law article about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to examine the numerous ways in which 20 chemicals are used by many industrial sectors.

The EPA is required to evaluate the substances for health and safety risks under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amended law also calls for temporary federal preemption of new state regulations that cover chemicals studied by the EPA as part of its risk evaluation process.

Bloomberg Law reported that the EPA, rather than taking a narrow focus, has opted to study a wide array of industrial uses for the 20 chemicals. Businesses and trade groups support this broad approach as a step toward preventing a patchwork of different state chemical regulations, according to the article.

“Obtaining federal preemption was and continues to remain one of the top priorities for chemical manufacturers and industries that use these chemicals in their products,” Mr. Baptist told Bloomberg Law.

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