Monday, May 27, 2019

EPA continues progress in implementing TSCA reforms

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to make progress in implementing the reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) outlined in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law this June.
The agency recently called for nominations to the newly established Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC), which will advise the EPA on scientific and technical aspects of risk evaluations, methodologies and measures to prevent pollution. The agency also recently released a list of mercury compounds that will be barred from export on Jan. 1, 2020, preventing those compounds from being converted to elemental mercury once out of the country.
Just days after the reform act was signed into law, the EPA released a plan that outlined how the agency would implement it over the course of its first year. Since then, the EPA has released determinations on seven pre-manufacture notices — required under the new law as all chemical substances must receive affirmative determinations before entering the marketplace. The EPA has also hosted several public meetings on the new law to garner public comments on the process it will use to determine fees and evaluate chemicals.

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