EPA to Expand Screening of Potential Endocrine Disruptors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to screen up to 134 chemicals for potential effects on the human endocrine system. The chemicals, including many previously identified as priorities under the Safe Drinking Water Act, will be screened to determine whether additional testing is necessary or whether other steps are needed to address potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

“Endocrine disruptors represent a serious health concern for the American people, especially children,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in a statement. “We are using the best available science to examine a larger list of chemicals and ensure that they are not contaminating the water we drink and exposing adults and children to potential harm.”

The chemicals listed by EPA include those used in products such as solvents, gasoline, plastics, personal care products, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. EPA also announced new draft policies and procedures to minimize duplicative testing, promote equitable cost sharing and address issues unique to chemicals regulated under the SDWA.

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