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EPA Takes on Glymes, Chemicals that Can Cause Miscarriage
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in July that it plans to clamp down on glymes, little known chemicals used by a broad array of industries. Used mostly as solvents, glymes are found in lithium batteries, inkjet cartridges, brake fluid, paints and carpet cleaners. They are also widely used to make prescription drugs, printed circuit boards and microchips. The EPA determined that three glymes pose a “high concern to workers, consumers and children” because they may have reproductive or developmental effects. A U.S. study more than a decade ago found links to miscarriages among workers in semiconductor manufacturing.