After three decades, the federal government has expanded its list of chemicals too dangerous for Americans to breathe (Source: “For the first time in over 30 years, the EPA adds to its list of hazardous air pollutants,” Washington Post, Jan. 5).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added a powerful dry-cleaning solvent, 1-bromopropane, to its list of hazardous air pollutants. Researchers, bureaucrats and even many chemical makers have viewed it for years as a dangerous airborne pollutant suspected to damage nerves and cause cancer.
Yet it took a decade of prodding to prompt EPA officials to register it as a hazardous air toxic. The final rule was announced in a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The designation allows the agency to set limits on emissions of the solvent, valued by dry cleaners, auto shops and other businesses for its ability to treat dirty fabrics and greasy metal parts.