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A backlog of chemicals needing EPA approval has doubled in the past eight months—a jam chemical manufacturers say is significant to an industry that depends on creating new products.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the backup and is working to address it. Possible changes include considering whether it needs to reinterpret requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was amended in June 2016.
Chemical manufacturers, which once found the EPA to be fairly predictable and reasonably quick in its reviews, are saying it is no longer predictable or quick.