EPA releases final TCE health assessment

Vol. 43 No. 4

Jennifer E. Reass is an associate with Latham & Watkins in the firm’s Orange County, California office. Sarah E. Diamond is an associate with Latham & Watkins in the firm’s Orange County, California office.

On September 28, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited final health assessment (Assessment) for trichloroethylene (TCE). Unlike EPA’s prior classification of TCE as a probable human carcinogen, EPA now is classifying TCE as carcinogenic to humans through all routes of exposure. The Assessment also establishes health benchmarks for noncancer effects by the oral and inhalation routes of exposure.

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