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Beyond Toluene: California DTSC Urged To Think Bigger Re Nail Care Chemicals Of Concern

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San Francisco Department of the Environment calls for solvents in nail products – not just toluene – to be prioritized for alternative analyses under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation. Women’s Voices for the Earth encourages the DTSC to zero in on airbrush nail paints and to take an active role in promoting green chemistry innovation in nail care overall.

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