September 17, 2015 – EPA finalized a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for two chemical substances collectively referred to as “HBCD” under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The final rule requires notification to EPA 90 days prior to U.S. manufacture, import, or processing of HBCD in consumer textiles (except for use in motor vehicles). The final rule also requires notification to EPA 90 days prior to U.S. import or processing of HBCD in textile articles. The required Significant New Use Notice will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the potential risks of resuming the use, and to place limits on future use, if necessary. Learn more.
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.
EPA’s three-part strategy for addressing potential risks from existing chemicals includes:
- Identifying chemicals for risk assessment and taking actions as appropriate. Read about EPA’s TSCA Work Plan Chemicals and risk management actions for individual chemicals.
- Increasing opportunities for industry to move toward using safer chemicals, such as those described in EPA’s Safer Choice and Green Chemistry programs.
- Increasing public access to data on chemicals that have been developed by EPA and, or provided by industry. Learn about EPA's ChemView and its transparency efforts.
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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