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EPA Bans Hazardous Air Pollutant For First Time In Over 30 Years

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington in this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington in this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has added to its list of hazardous air pollutants.

The chemical, 1-bromopropane, is a powerful dry-cleaning solvent and has been linked to cancer among other chronic health problems.

Congress in 1990 established the original list of 180 hazardous air pollutants and gave the EPA broad powers to expand it.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: we take a look at how a hazardous chemical landed on the EPA and why it took so long for it to happen.

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