"Glymes Time: EPA Takes on Obscure Chemicals in Consumer Products"

"Hardly anyone has heard of them, but millions of pounds of glymes are used every year to make household products. Now time is running out for glymes -- at least when it comes to new uses in consumer products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it plans to clamp down on these little-known ingredients used by a broad array of industries, including manufacturers of lithium batteries, inkjet cartridges, paints, prescription drugs and microchips."

"Three glymes pose a 'high concern to workers, consumers and children' because they may have reproductive or developmental effects, the EPA says. A study more than a decade ago found links to miscarriages among semiconductor plant workers."

Jane Kay reports for Environmental Health News August 8, 2011.

Monday, August 8, 2011