EPA should test demasculinizing pollutants collectively, NRC says

Cumulative effects of phthalates and related compounds will be larger than effects measured one chemical at a time, reports a National Research Council panel

By Janet Raloff, 16:34 PM December 18, 2008

On December 18, a National Research Council panel told the Environmental Protection Agency that sufficient data exist to begin assessing the potential health risks posed by phthalates, among the most ubiquitous pollutants on the planet. At the same time, the NRC panel strongly recommended that the agency adopt a “paradigm shift” in the way it assesses the chemicals’ toxicity to humans.

Instead of evaluating each phthalate compound individually, EPA should begin assessing risks from likely c...

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