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February 19, 2015 – In response to requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Significant New Use Rule under TSCA on toluene diisocyanates (TDI) and related compounds by 45 days. EPA expects the the notice announcing this extension to be published in the Federal Register by the week of February 23, 2015. Comments on the proposed rule were originally due March 16, 2015. Comments will now be due April 30, 2015.

January 15, 2015 – To ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule under TSCA for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylates (LCPFACs). EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days from the time of publication in the Federal Register.

January 15, 2015 -- EPA released companies’ progress reports for 2013 and 2104 to meet phase-out goals of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program.

January 8, 2015 – To protect consumers from serious health effects, EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule under TSCA on toluene diisocyanates (TDI) and related compounds. Comments must be received on or before March 16, 2015.

December 17, 2014: To protect the public from a range of health effects and prevent harm to the environment, EPA issued Significant New Use Rules for certain benzidine-based dyes, a phthalate and a chlorinated paraffin chemical (76 pp, 349 kb, About PDF). These rules require EPA review of these chemicals before any new uses can be started or resumed.

December 10, 2014 – To protect consumers from ethylene glycol ethers, EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule on December 10, 2014 which would require EPA review of seven ethylene glycol ethers (glymes) before reintroducing these chemicals into commerce. EPA expects the rule to be published in the Federal Register the week of December 15th.

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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