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Scientists say phasing out animal testing at EPA could harm public health

EPA Administer Andrew Wheeler directed the agency to reduce requests and funding for research on live animals by 30% by 2025, with the goal of eliminating all funding for research on live mammals, with limited exceptions, by 2035. Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Jennifer Sass said the move could hinder efforts to identify toxic chemicals and protect human health, and former EPA scientist Penelope Fenner-Crisp said no substitute exists for animal research in determining complex and sophisticated toxicities.

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