Scientists urge caution on "risky" peroxide

The EU's chief scientific advisory committee on environmental risks (Scher) has called for more testing before the bloc takes risk reduction measures for tert-butyl hydroperoxide, a chemical mainly used as an intermediate. A full EU environmental risk assessment completed this spring recommended risk reduction on the grounds of limited data showing environmental concentrations above safety levels plus apparent reluctance by industry to submit more information. "Logic" suggests there should instead be more testing, Scher concluded on 14 December. See opinion and risk assessment.

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