EPA Announces Efforts to Make More Chemical Identities Public
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA recently announced plans to make more chemical identities public. This comes after EPA also made chemicals identified as non-confidential in Inventory Update Rule (IUR) submissions public not too long ago. The IUR is EPA’s periodic reporting requirement. The next IUR submission period is currently planned for June 1 - September 30, 2011 when manufacturers and importers will report information on their 2010 production.
The idea behind this particular effort is to make the chemical identities on TSCA section 8(e) submissions public, if they are already on the publicly available TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory. TSCA section 8(e) requires companies to submit any “information which reasonably supports the conclusion that such substance or mixture presents a substantial risk of injury to human health or the environment.” It is important to note that under TSCA, health and safety information cannot be held confidential.
More information on the new policy can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/tsca8e/
More information on EPA’s principles for comprehensive TSCA reform: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/principles.html
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