NEW YORK — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it would investigate claims made by a private environmental group that DuPont violated the law in not disclosing evidence that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon may have been linked to birth defects in children born to employees.

But the EPA said it does not yet have conclusive evidence that the chemical in question — perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA — poses a danger to consumers.

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