Styrene carcinogen lawsuit wins more support from US industry

16 June 2011 22:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Several US chemical organisations have signalled their support of a lawsuit seeking to block a regulator from listing styrene as a possible carcinogen, a trade group said on Thursday.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Composite Manufacturers Association and the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC) filed declarations opposing styrene's inclusion in a list of possible cancer-causing chemicals. The declarations were part of a lawsuit that was filed on 10 June.

The three groups warned that the designation could encourage customers to use more expensive and less effective substitutes for styrene-based products.

The designation would also disrupt key styrene end markets such as home construction and food packaging, the groups warned. Companies could go out of business and people could lose jobs.

The SIRC is suing the US Department of Health and Human Services, which has labelled styrene as a possible carcinogen in its 12th Report on Carcinogens.

The SIRC wants the court to block styrene from being included in the report.

SIRC alleges that the department did not follow its own procedures. As a result, the report's listing of styrene is flawed, according to the trade group.

Styrene's listing as a possible carcinogen relies on manipulated data and on information that has not been reviewed, the trade group said.

Styrene is a feedstock for polystyrene (PS), expandable polystyrene (EPS), styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

The department was not immediately available for comment.

For more on styrene visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Al Greenwood
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