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New Rule Mandates 200 US Plants to Reduce Toxic Emissions Linked to Cancer

Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rule to strengthen protections for communities living near industrial sites. (Click image for article.)

Photo: A chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas, on 18 January 2024. Photograph: Kirk Sides/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images

 

More than 200 of the US’s chemical plants will be mandated to reduce toxic emissions linked to cancer to and better protect communities from hazardous pollution, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday.

The long-awaited rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will strengthen protections for communities living near industrial sites, especially along the Gulf coast.

The new update focuses on ethylene oxide, used to produce antifreeze, pesticides and sterilizing agents, as well as chloroprene, which is used to make synthetic rubber for shoes and wetsuits.

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