Perspectives: Compliance Advisor

EPA Speeds Review of Chemicals

With the aim to reduce toxic exposure, agency fast tracks the evaluation of five chemicals

By Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
Oct 24, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its brisk pace to be on target with implementing the new requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (see “Grasp the Gravity of the New TSCA[sitetree_link,id=11227],” and “EPA Releases Q&As on New TSCA[sitetree_link,id=11432]”). Congress has in its sights persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals — with the goal to reduce exposures to them. The EPA’s recent action to fast track review of five such chemicals does just that. Here’s what the EPA announced, and its impact on industry.

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