EPA Identifies 40 Chemicals to Prioritize for Risk Evaluation
In March, EPA released a list of 40 chemicals to prioritize for risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act. TSCA requires the agency to publish this list of chemicals to begin the prioritization process to determine if chemical substances are a high or low priority for risk evaluation. EPA has designated 20 “high-priority” chemicals for subsequent risk evaluation, including formaldehyde, seven chlorinated solvents, six phthalates, four flame retardants, and a fragrance additive. Twenty more substances have been designated as “low priority,” which means that the agency has determined that risk evaluation is not warranted at this time. Among the low-priority candidates identified by the agency are chemicals from EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List.  EPA has opened a docket for each of the 40 chemicals on the list so that the public has an opportunity to submit relevant information about the uses, hazards, and exposures for these chemicals. The comment period will close on June 19, 2019. The Federal Register notice provides information about submitting comments, including the specific docket number for each chemical. When prioritization is complete, EPA will begin a three-year risk evaluation process for chemicals designated as high priority to determine if they present an “unreasonable risk to human health and the environment.”