16 Jun '11, 9pm

EPA Declassifies 150 Chemical Names from Health Studies

EPA Declassifies 150 Chemical Names from Health Studies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declassified the names of 150 chemicals that were previously stricken from studies, revealing health and safety information on chemicals that were used in the Gulf oil spill cleanup and consumer products. Starting with a policy shift last year, the EPA has taken a harder line against business claims of confidentiality when it comes to chemicals. The agency will no longer allow chemical names to be routinely considered confidential, and it's looking back at previous confidential business information claims. The latest names revealed are part of a second round of study declassifications. The 104 studies involved in the latest round were not themselves classified, but the names of chemicals in them were. "That rendered the information essentially useless to the public," said Richard Denison, senior scientist with the Environmental ...

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