EPA begins process to potentially ban vinyl chloride, used in PVC

Major update regarding the use of the plastics:

The U.S. Environmental Agency Thursday took the first step toward potentially restricting or banning the use of five toxic chemicals used to make plastics, adhesives and paints.

Among them is a key ingredient in PVC plastic – vinyl chloride – a common material for water and sewer pipes, medical equipment and toys. It’s also a known carcinogen, and exposure to the substance has been linked to numerous health effects.

In February 2023, train cars carrying vinyl chloride derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, sickening residents, who complained of headaches, sore throats, eye irritation and coughing.

“This is welcomed, and long overdue, news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Judith Enck, a former regional EPA administrator and the president of Beyond Plastics, a nonprofit environmental group based at Bennington College in Vermont.

Beyond Plastics has called for the EPA to ban vinyl chloride and earlier this year released a report warning about the potential dangers of using PVC in drinking water pipes.

Read the full article here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2023/12/14/epa-begins-process-to-potentially-ban-vinyl-chloride-used-in-pvc/71923363007/