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New EPA rules for about 200 US chemical manufacturers take aim at ‘cancer alleys'

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new rules to protect neighborhoods near over 200 manufacturing facilities that release airborne toxins. The rule aims to reduce the risk of cancer from exposure to certain synthetic organic chemicals used in the production of polymers and resins. The rule sets limits on the release of hazardous pollutants and requires air monitoring at the perimeter of the facilities. EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated that the rule would reduce cancer risks for affected communities by 96%. The EPA has extended the deadline for companies to comply with the rule.