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Asbestos, TCE among First Chemicals EPA Will Review Under New TSCA Legislation
In late November, EPA named the first 10 chemicals the agency will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. The list includes 1,4-dioxane, 1-bromopropane, asbestos, carbon tetrachloride, cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster, methylene chloride, N-methylpyrrolidone, pigment violet 29, tetrachloroethylene, and trichloroethylene (TCE). As amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law in June 2016, TSCA requires EPA to complete these chemical risk evaluations within three years. If the agency determines that a chemical presents an “unreasonable risk” to humans and the environment, EPA must mitigate that risk within two years. The new legislation also requires EPA to release a scoping document for each chemical within six months. These documents will include the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations the agency plans to consider for each evaluation.

For more information, see EPA’s press release. Named for the late Senator Lautenberg, a longtime proponent of TSCA reform, the Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act requires EPA to evaluate the safety of existing chemicals in commerce, starting with those most likely to cause risks, and to evaluate new and existing chemicals against a new risk-based safety standard that includes explicit considerations for vulnerable populations. To learn more, visit EPA’s webpage on evaluating risk of existing chemicals under TSCA.
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Editors' note: A regulatory freeze issued January 20 potentially affects several regulations related to occupational and environmental health and safety. See the AIHA website for more information.
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