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October 7, 2014 – EPA has updated and improved ChemView, its one-stop database of chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). We have added more chemical information and improved usability, as well as introducing an easy way for you to tell us about additional improvements you would like to see.

September 25, 2014 – To reduce risks, EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule (PDF) (34 pp, 144 kb, About PDF) which would require EPA review of 15 nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) before reintroducing these chemicals into commerce. NPs and NPEs are a potentially harmful class of chemicals that are toxic to aquatic organisms.

EPA anticipates that the FR will publish the week of September 29, 2014. Comments will be due 60 days after the FR publication date.

August 28, 2014 – EPA released final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for DCM, ATO, and HHCB. The DCM assessment identified health risks to workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used.

August 1, 2014 –EPA held an experts workshop on TCE alternatives and risk reduction approaches on July 29-30, 2014.

June 25, 2014 – EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for Trichloroethylene (TCE) (PDF) (212 pp, 3.0 mb, About PDF), identifying health risks from exposure when used as a degreasing agent, a spot removal agent in dry-cleaning and as a spray arts fixative.

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.

EPA’s three-part strategy for addressing potential risks from existing chemicals includes:

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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