Group asks for independent review of styrene by NAS

09/28/2011 |

A coalition of small and medium composites and boat-building manufacturers is asking White House Chief of Staff William Daley to order the National Academy of Sciences to review the safety of styrene after the Department of Health and Human Services listed the compound as a possible carcinogen. "HHS failed to 'fairly and transparently' address the breadth of scientific data available on styrene, the preponderance of which ... shows no causal link between styrene and cancer," the coalition said in a letter. The American Chemistry Council also challenged the HHS ruling, noting that polystyrene is approved for use in food packaging by the Food and Drug Administration.

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