Styrene to remain on US 'anticipated carcinogen' report list

06 July 2011 16:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A US court will not force regulators to temporarily remove styrene from a list of 'anticipated carcinogens', a trade group said on Wednesday.

On 10 June, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designated styrene an anticipated carcinogen in the 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC).

On the same day, the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC) and US-based Dart Container sued the department in the US district court in Washington DC. The SIRC is a trade group and Dart Container is the world’s largest producer of foam cups.

The two wanted the court to place a preliminary injunction on the department, which would temporarily prevent it from including styrene in the RoC.

Had they succeeded, the injunction would have remained in place until the styrene group and the department could fully argue their respective sides of the issue.

The court would then consider whether it should impose a permanent injunction on the department.

On Tuesday, the court rejected the request for a preliminary injunction, the styrene group said. It will still consider the permanent injunction.

For more on styrene, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Al Greenwood
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