The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three new proposed rules on how the Agency will prioritize and evaluate chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.
The three rules EPA is proposing to help administer the new process are:
These three rules incorporate comments received from a series of public meetings held in August 2016.
If EPA identifies unreasonable risk in the evaluation, it is required to eliminate that risk through regulations. Under TSCA the agency must have at least 20 ongoing risk evaluations by the end of 2019.
Comments on the proposed rules must be received 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register by searching for: HQ-OPPT-2016-0426 for the inventory rule; HQ-OPPT-2016-0636 for the prioritization rule; and HQ-OPPT-2016-0654 for the risk evaluation rule. Learn more about the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act here.
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