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EPA Begins Chemical Reform Under New TSCA Rule

Friday, December 2, 2016

Asbestos and TCE are among the first chemicals to be reviewed under the new TSCA Rule.

On November 29th, the EPA announced the first group of chemicals to be reviewed under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. Among the list of chemicals:

  • 1,4-Dioxane
  • 1-Bromopropane
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster
  • Methylene Chloride
  • N-methylpyrrolidone
  • Pigment Violet 29
  • Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires EPA to publish this list by December 19, 2016. The EPA has three years from list's publication in the Federal Register to complete risk evaluations and determine whether the chemicals present an "unreasonable risk" to humans and the environment.

Additionally, a scoping document must be released within six months for each chemical. The scoping document includes the hasards, exposures, conditions of use, and the susceptible/potentially exposed subpopulations the EPA plans to consider in the evaluation.

Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention stated, “Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace. We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.”

For more information visit the EPA's webpage.

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