EPA Releases the 2018 Plan for Chemical Risk Evaluations under TSCA

As required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century ActEPA has released the annual plan for chemical risk evaluations. The annual plan identifies the next steps for the first 10 chemical reviews currently underway and describes EPA’s work in 2018 to prepare for future risk evaluations.

EPA continues to make steady progress in meeting our statutory requirements under amended TSCA.  EPA will initiate prioritization for 40 chemicals - at least 20 Low-Priority and 20 High-Priority candidates – by the end of calendar year 2018.  By December 22, 2019, EPA will have designated 20 substances as Low-Priority and initiated risk evaluations on 20 High-Priority substances. In order to support these risk evaluations and other key aspects of TSCA implementation, EPA will be proposing a draft TSCA Fees Rule in early 2018 which will provide estimates of the resources required to undertake risk evaluations.

First 10 chemical reviews currently underway:

1, 4-Dioxane

Methylene Chloride

1-Bromopropane

N-Methylpyrrolidone

Asbestos

Pigment Violet 29

Carbon Tetrachloride

Trichloroethylene

Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD)

Tetrachloroethylene

 

To learn more about all these actions, read the full plan: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/2018-annual-report-risk-evaluations