Over the Thanksgiving weekend, EPA announced availability of draft scope documents for chemical risk evaluations for two chemical substances, di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP).
EPA will accept comments on the manufacturer-requested risk evaluation scope documents until January 11, 2021.
These two chemical risk evaluations were specifically requested by the chemicals’ manufacturer(s), through the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Scope documents are the first step of the chemical risk evaluation process. They lay out the hazards, exposures, and uses of the chemical EPA will evaluate. TSCA risk evaluation scopes also identify potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations.
See EPA's Nov. 25 announcement and request for public comment
View scope documents for manufacturer-requested chemical risk evaluations.
Why is EPA Evaluating DINP and DIDP?
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st
Century Act (LCSA), requires EPA to evaluate the risks of all chemicals on the TSCA inventory.
EPA prioritized certain chemicals for risk evaluation
based on their potential to pose unreasonable risk to human health and/or the environment.
In addition to the risk evaluations prioritized by EPA, chemical manufacturers can request risk evaluations of specific chemicals
. The criteria EPA uses to grant such requests can be found at 40 CFR 702.37(b).
EPA approved a manufacturer request to evaluate DINP and DIDP in December 2019.
Learn more about EPA's process for completing chemical risk evaluations
required by TSCA here.
More TSCA News
Last week Lion reported that EPA released a final chemical risk evaluation for trichloroethylene (TCE)
, a revised draft evaluation for PV 29, and a supplemental analysis to its risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane.
EPA also extended, for the second time, the deadline to submit Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) required under TSCA for large-volume chemical manufacturers and importers.
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