"EPA Dumps Trump-Era Chemical Analysis Approach After Rebuke"

"Sharp criticism from the federal government’s top science advisory institute on Tuesday prompted the EPA to drop a method developed during the Trump administration to analyze chemicals.

The “systematic review” method developed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemicals office in 2018 isn’t comprehensive, workable, objective, or transparent, and it “does not meet state-of-practice standards,” according to the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Chemical manufacturers, EPA’s science advisers, academic scientists, and environmental health groups have criticized the Trump-era chemical office’s approach.

“EPA is not using, and will not again use,” that approach, the agency announced Tuesday in conjunction with the academies’ report."

Pat Rizzuto reports for Bloomberg Environment February 16, 2021.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 02/17/2021