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US EPA asked to study cumulative risks of phthalates and other chemical exposure

The US National Research Council (NRC) has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a cumulative risk assessment of exposure to phthalates from multiple sources. In addition, the NRC says the EPA needs to modify its assessment to include a consideration of exposure to other chemicals that cause similar health effects to phthalates. Not to do so could seriously undervalue the risks, the NRC believes. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) described the NRC report as "thoughtful" and pointing to potential areas for future research. However, it described the research being requested from the EPA as "a study without limits" and "remarkably ambitious". It notes that Congress has already asked the Consumer Products Safety Commission for a cumulative risk assessment on phthalates and questions the need for another study.

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