10 June 2011 15:52 [Source: ICIS news]
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said early on Friday that it would issue its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) at 13:00 hours Washington time (1700 hours GMT).
Joe Walker, spokesman for a group of styrene producers and downstream users, said it was expected that the new report would list styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”, a characterisation that sector officials have said could cause significant disruption and job losses in
“The decision to list styrene as an anticipated carcinogen has no scientific basis and is not a fair or valid assessment,”
He said that if as expected HHS does list styrene as a likely carcinogen, SIRC and other styrene-dependent industries are preparing to seek a court injunction or other legal action to block or overturn the department’s decision.Paul Hodges studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry in Chemicals and the Economy
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