Volume 85 Issue 42 | pp. 33-35
Issue Date: October 15, 2007

Surfactant Scrutiny

EPA considers requiring tests on nonylphenol ethoxylates for long-term effects on aquatic life
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Sustainability, Safety
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

A FAMILY of surfactants used in a wide variety of applications, from industrial laundries to pulp and paper processing, faces a growing regulatory and market squeeze. The most recent move came last month when the Environmental Protection Agency granted a request from environmental and other activist groups seeking toxicity tests on the long-term effects of these chemicals on aquatic life. EPA, however, rejected requests for product-labeling requirements and other regulatory actions.

The surfactants, nonylphenol . . .

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