EPN Comments on EPA’s Proposed Pesticide Registration Review of EtO under FQPA

On June 27, 2023, EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed interim decision and draft risk assessment addendum for ethylene oxide (EtO). EtO is a flammable, colorless gas with many industrial uses, primarily in the making of other chemicals, and is used as a sterilant of medical devices and equipment and dried herbs, spices, and vegetables. The continued use of EtO poses a particular set of challenges for EPA, given the chemical’s cancer hazard assessment and risk to human health, while being a critical component to these industries. EPN made comments on each of the actions EPA is proposing to take to mitigate risks from EtO exposure.

Read the comments.