Expert Public Workshop on Alternatives and Risk Reduction Approaches to Trichloroethylene (TCE) Use as a Degreaser


Source: EPA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency
On July 29-30, EPA will hold a public workshop on the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser, availability and efficacy of safer alternatives, and possible risk reduction approaches. The goal is to generate information from experts on TCE when used as a degreaser to better understand the risk reduction considerations when transitioning to safer alternatives and other cleaning strategies. These risk reduction approaches could be regulatory, non-regulatory, or a combination of both.

This workshop will examine TCE use as a degreaser in various applications, including cold cleaning, vapor degreasing, or as an aerosol used by consumers or by workers at small commercial shops. Industry, government, non-governmental organizations, academic experts, states, and others will discuss alternatives and risk reduction approaches to the degreasing uses of TCE. The workshop will include presentations by EPA, keynote lectures by subject matter experts, and breakout sessions focused on vapor degreasing, cold cleaning, and aerosol degreasing. There will be an opportunity for the public to comment, as well.

This workshop is being held to support risk reduction activities concerning the health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and workers using TCE as a degreaser in small commercial shops identified in the final risk assessment that was released on June 25, 2014.

The workshop will be held at EPA Headquarters’ William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C., and will also be available via webinar and conference line. For more information, or to register and participate in person, or to register and listen via webinar, please visit: .

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