EPN Testifies on Draft Risk Evaluation of Perchloroethylene

On May 26, 2020, EPN presented testimony on the draft risk evaluation of the chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) at the May 26-29 public peer review virtual meeting of the Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals. PERC is a highly toxic substance used primarily in dry cleaning and for metal degreasing. It can affect nervous, immune and reproductive systems; is associated with several types of cancer; and can cause other serious health problems. In its testimony, EPN raised significant concerns about the draft risk evaluation, including EPA’s failure to consider legacy uses and disposal, the lack of aggregate and cumulative exposure assessments, and an inadequate assessment of the effects of PERC on human health and the natural environment.

Read the EPN testimony written by Gary Timm, former Chief, Chemical Testing Branch, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

Read the testimony of EPN member Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator.