U.S. EPA Plans to Prohibit Trichloroethylene

The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to prohibit the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) as an aerosol degreaser and an ingredient in dry cleaning. The planned prohibition covers manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce.

The plans mark the first time since 1989 that the EPA has undertaken such a prohibition. At that time, a court rejected the agency’s ban on asbestos. Nevertheless, the plan is far from a done deal. Many doubt that Donald Trump’s nominee to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, will uphold the prohibition. It’s likely that it will be accepted in a more flexible form. In an interview with ChemicalWatch, Lawrence Cullen, a legal expert at Arnold & Porter, stated that the new administration would take a very close look at drastic measures, such as complete bans. Representatives of the chemical industry have not yet commented on the EPA’s decision.

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