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July 30, 2015 – EPA reached an agreement with PLZ Aeroscience Corporation, of Addison, IL to voluntarily phase-out the use of TCE in its aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product by September 1, 2015. They Agency also issued a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) to require notification to EPA before certain new consumer uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) would begin or resume. EPA is requesting a 60 day comment period that will begin when the Federal Register is published. Read the press release. Learn more.

EPA is using a multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety of chemicals, recognizing that the current chemicals management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), needs to be strengthened.

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In September 2009, EPA issued Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation to help inform efforts underway in Congress to reauthorize and significantly strengthen the effectiveness of TSCA.

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