Efforts Continue To Mitigate Styrene Issue

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2011, Vol. 66 No. 8

Following denial on July 5 of a SIRC motion for a preliminary injunction ordering the HHS to withdraw publication of the RoC report as it related to styrene, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton requested both parties establish a schedule to litigate SIRC’s claim that styrene should be removed from the RoC.

SIRC contends that styrene’s inclusion is unjustified by the latest science and resulted from a flawed process that focused on only data that support a cancer concern, and effectively ignored the preponderance of data that failed to suggest a cancer concern for styrene.

“NASSCO was disappointed in the recent ruling that failed to grant a preliminary injunction on the HHS' listing of styrene in the Report on Carcinogens,” commented DeBoda. “We believe the ambiguous correlations used in the study combined with a lack of scientific evidence easily justified the injunction. We continue to support SIRC and American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in this initiative as the case moves towards summary judgment.”

The “Newsroom” on SIRC’s web site (www.styrene.org) is updated regularly with the latest legal documents that pertain to this case.

The industry coalition opposing the RoC styrene listing continues to press its case through congressional advocacy in support of a National Academy of Sciences review of the HHS styrene evaluation and congressional oversight for the NTP National process that led to the recommendation that styrene be listed in the RoC.

SIRC Executive Director Jack Snyder has advised members that following numerous meetings with Congressional staff, in particular for members on Oversight and Appropriations committees, there appears to be support for attaching language in upcoming appropriations bills for the funding of a National Academy of Sciences review of styrene relative to the NTP listing and that there has been support for convening an oversight hearing on the RoC program, relative to the process deficiencies and irregularities that emerged from the styrene assessment.

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