EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency

This notice announces the availability of EPA’s response to a petition it received under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The petition was received from an individual on November 19, 2009. The petitioner requested EPA to ‘‘establish regulations prohibiting the use and distribution in commerce of Hevea brasiliensis baled natural-rubber for the manufacture of tires, wherein said rubber fails to satisfy The American Society for Testing Materials method ASTM D1076-06 (Category 5).’’ The petition states: ‘‘Implementation of an EPA regulation that guides tire manufacturers to use Hevea brasiliensis baled natural-rubber that satisfies ASTM D1076-06 (Category 5) may affect the incidence of Hevea brasiliensis naturalrubber allergies and allergy induced autism.’’ After careful consideration, EPA has denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this notice.

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