2 Final Rules: EPA Ready to Start TSCA Chemical Evaluations
The first new TSCA Rule establishes the process and criteria EPA will use to determine which chemicals are “high priority” and which are “low priority” for risk evaluation. Chemicals deemed “high priority” will undergo risk evaluation, while “low priority” will be put aside for now.
Prioritization of TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluations
EPA announced the first 10 chemicals up for risk evaluation in late 2016 and released scope documents for those chemical evaluations last week.
Read the Procedures for Chemical Substance Prioritization Final Rule here.
See what’s in the “new TSCA” rules: Your New TSCA Rules Breakdown
Today’s second TSCA-related Final Rule lays out the concrete elements of the chemical risk evaluations EPA will perform, including:
Process for Performing TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluations
- Scope of the evaluation,
- Hazard and exposure assessments,
- Risk characterization, and
- Risk determination.
- The first 10 chemicals identified in the updated 2014 TSCA Work Plan
- Chemicals deemed high priority using the procedures in the Final Rule summarized above
- Chemicals selected for risk evaluation in response to a manufacturer’s request
The Final Rule also lays out the statutory elements of each risk evaluation and EPA’s plans for meeting the requirements of the Lautenberg Law. Read the full text of the Procedures for TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation Final Rule here.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is complex and enforcement is stringent, making a comprehensive understanding of the rules critical for compliance. The law has broad applicability, subjecting all companies that “manufacture, use, process, distribute, import, or export chemical products” to complex reporting and management requirements.
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