April 09, 2019

EPA Releases List of 40 Chemicals Undergoing Prioritization for Risk Evaluation

Lynn L. Bergeson

On March 20, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of 40 chemicals for which EPA is initiating the prioritization process for risk evaluation. Section 6(b)(2)(B) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that, as of three and a half years after enactment (by December 22, 2019), at least 20 high-priority chemicals be undergoing risk evaluations and at least 20 low-priority chemicals be designated by EPA. In a March 21, 2019, Federal Register notice, EPA provides a general explanation of why it chose these chemical substances and information on the data sources that EPA plans to use to support the designation. EPA is providing a 90-day comment period during which interested persons may submit relevant information on these chemical substances. Comments are due June 19, 2019.

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