- Feb 12, 2005
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
The EPA has been so overboard in their regulations, it’s nice to see a common sense decision made by the court.May 10, 7:04 PM (ET)
By JOHN HEILPRIN
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government can no longer require chemical makers and users to account for how much methyl ethyl ketone, a widely used ingredient in plastics, textiles and paints, is released into the environment each year.
A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled in favor of the American Chemistry Council, which had petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the chemical, known as MEK, from its annual Toxic Release Inventory List.
The yearly list, which began with a 1986 community right-to-know law, tracks the several billion pounds of toxic chemicals released each year. EPA officials consider it an important tool, but not all-inclusive, in helping the public keep tabs on chemical pollution.