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EPA Moves to Clear Saccharin of Hazardous Waste Label

Sweet news for saccharin users: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday proposed removing saccharin from its list of hazardous wastes.

The once maligned artificial sweetener made the hazardous waste list, as well as the EPA's hazardous constituent and byproduct lists, in the 1980s after research revealed it as a possible human carcinogen. After a re-evaluation in the late '90s, however, the National Toxicology Program cleared saccharin of its cancer-causing reputation.

If the proposal is adopted, companies will no longer need to follow hazardous waste protocol when handling and disposing of saccharin.

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