California's Department of Toxic Substances Control is facing criticism for missing a deadline to make recommendations to the California Environmental Protection Agency on how to better protect the public from toxic chemicals. The chemical industry, meanwhile, is concerned about the criteria for banning a chemical. "You could probably claim any sort of chemical is hazardous," said Tim Shestek, state public affairs director for the American Chemistry Council. "You have to look at how a chemical is used, at potential pathways for exposure."

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