Toxic Substances Control Act Compliance Monitoring
- Core TSCA
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls
- Lead Paint
- TSCA STAG Program
- Chemical Substances Import/Export Program
- Good Laboratory Practices
EPA works with its federal and state regulatory partners to assure compliance with toxic substances laws and regulations in order to protect human health and the environment. The major federal law governing toxic substance is the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
EPA implements several different program areas, they include:
- Core TSCA - Core TSCA requires manufacturers to report studies and testing of specified new and existing chemicals.
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) - EPA and state inspectors inspect facilities which use, store or dispose PCBs to determine if the facility is properly handling, storing and disposing PCBs.
- Asbestos - EPA and state inspectors inspect local education agencies to determine compliance with the regulations by reviewing documents, inspecting schools and collecting physical evidence to document compliance or noncompliance.
- Lead (Pb) Paint - EPA and HUD partner to assure that notice is given to renters and home buyers regarding lead paint hazards.
- TSCA State and Tribal Grant Program - EPA awards cooperative grants to states to establish and operate compliance monitoring programs that prevent or eliminate unreasonable risks to human health or the environment associated with chemical substances .
- Chemical Substance Import/Export Program - EPA regulates import and export of toxic chemicals from the United States under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
- Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) - Assures the quality and integrity of test data submitted to the Agency under TSCA
The TSCA Compliance Monitoring Strategy (PDF) (114 pp, 1.1MB) presents an overarching (multi-year) framework and principles for TSCA compliance monitoring. It also presents a strategic approach which will move TSCA compliance monitoring from primarily a program-by-program perspective to a “One-TSCA” approach. The One-TSCA approach means that each region is expected to have an overarching perspective in allocating its resources to ensure that the region focuses on its most significant environmental problem(s), yet sustains essential capacity in each of its TSCA focus areas by, for example, responding appropriately to tips and complaints.