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EPA Takes Heat Off Peroxide Producers.

In a move based in part on extensive research by SPI and its Organic Peroxide Producers Safety Division, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that available science does not support the continued identification of peroxides as a new chemical category presenting concerns for possible carcinogenicity.

The agency's action is expected to reduce costs for plastics manufacturers and help get new materials to market faster.

In effect, the EPA's decision will now allow organic peroxide producers to develop new peroxides without having to undertake the very expensive two-year bioassay test, which essentially has prevented new organic peroxides from coming to market.

In working with the EPA to resolve this matter, SPI stressed the need to base regulatory decisions on sound science and cost-benefit analysis.
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Title Annotation:carcinogenicity
Comment:EPA Takes Heat Off Peroxide Producers.(carcinogenicity)
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2001
Words:126
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