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December 1, 2011

Better styrene science needed

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) flawed and unwarranted ruling that styrene poses a health hazard continues to stir opposition from respected scientists, manufacturing leaders, the hundreds of thousands of American workers whose jobs depend on a viable styrene industry, and a broad-based bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill. Fifty members of the U.S. House of Representatives last week — including a dozen Democrats — sent a strongly worded letter to the Obama White House urging the Administration to commission a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of HHS’s action. Only an independent and rigorous NAS review can resolve the confusion caused by HHS’s 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). Moreover, only an NAS review — the gold standard of scientific assessments — can help the federal government make informed regulatory decisions and provide responsible guidance about hazard identification....

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