Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended this year by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
, EPA is required to evaluate chemicals for potential risks to human health and the environment.
In a Work Plan started in 2012, EPA identified 90 chemicals as candidates for risk evaluation. This week, EPA announced the first ten chemicals up for evaluation, many of which are used in consumer products:
See the list, and EPA’s reasoning for its selections, here.
- 1, 4-Dioxane
- Carbon Tetrachloride
- Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD)
- Methylene Chloride (MCL)
- N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)
- Pigment Violet 29 Anthra [2,1,9-def:6,5,10-d’e’f] diisoquinoline-1,3,8,10(2H,9H)-tetrone
- Tetrachloroethylene (a.k.a perchloroethylene)
What’s EPA’s Next Step Under TSCA?
EPA will move forward with evaluating these ten chemicals. Each time EPA completes a risk evaluation, the law requires the Agency to begin another. By the end of 2019, EPA will be working on 20 chemical risk evaluations at any one time, as required by law.
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