The Environmental Protection Agency will withdraw two proposed chemical rules -- a rule that would have created a "chemicals of concern" list and a rule that would have set restrictions on chemical-makers protecting formulations as confidential business information. The regulations, both proposed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, are "no longer necessary," EPA said. "The proposals were rendered unnecessary when EPA wisely chose to adopt a better approach for prioritizing chemicals and reviewing claims for confidential chemical information under TSCA," said the American Chemistry Council, which released a statement welcoming EPA's decision.

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