From: EWG

The Environmental Protection Agency said it intended to ask chemical-makers to “reassert or re-substantiate” periodically their secrecy claims, which now cover some two-thirds of chemicals marketed since the 1970’s, under the rubric of “confidential business information,” or CBI. The agency said it aimed to “increase transparency and availability of public health and environmental effects information on chemicals in commerce.”

An analysis performed by EWG uncovered internal government documents showing that crucial information for about 17,000 of 83,000 chemicals now on the market had been stamped, “trade secret,” including indications of “substantial risk” to human health.

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