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EPA floats plan for reducing animal testing

TIMOTHY CAMA: ‘The Trump administration is proposing a strategy to reduce and eventually eliminate certain animal testing in evaluating chemicals. In a draft document… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laid out a multiyear process to identify alternative testing methods, push those methods in the chemical industry and start to use them in regulatory decision-making.

Congress told the EPA to develop the strategy in the 2016 Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “This draft strategy is a first step toward reducing the use of animals and increasing the use of cutting-edge science to ensure chemicals are reviewed for safety with the highest scientific standards,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement.

“EPA is committed to working with animal welfare groups and other groups to produce a sound, effective plan in line with the law.” Eventually, the EPA hopes to completely eliminate chemical testing on vertebrate animal species, a group that includes mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles, it said in the 40-page draft strategy… The EPA will gather public comments on the draft strategy for 45 days’. SOURCE…

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