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Highlights

August 28, 2014

EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for Dichloromethane (DCM), Antimony Trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta[?]-2-benzopyran (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. Read the press release. Consumer Fact Sheet on DCM

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. Read the press release. Read the blog.

May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014 -- EPA announced that it is seeking public comment on a tailored approach to identifying and evaluating potential hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings. Read more.

May 9, 2014

EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on the types of chemical information that could be reported and disclosed under TSCA and on approaches to obtaining this information for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities (25 pp, 243 kb, About PDF). Read the press release.

April 17, 2014

Lowe’s has agreed to a implement a compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores to ensure that contractors it hires to perform work will minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, to protect the public. Lowes also agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty. Read the press release.

April 8, 2014

EPA announced it is extending the public comment period for 30 days and is hosting a public meeting to get additional input on its June 2013 formaldehyde proposal as it pertains to laminated products. Read more.

December 11, 2013

EPA has announced this year's winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovative green chemistry technologies. Read the blog and press release.

November 20, 2013

EPA is seeking comments on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. The guidelines would help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. Get more information and read the press release.

October 17, 2013

Toxic Substances Control Act Section 5 New Chemical and Significant New Use Notifications: Delay in Processing Due to Lack of Authorized Funding; Extension of Review Periods

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the Agency shutdown, EPA is extending (pursuant to TSCA sections 5(c) and 26(c) and 40 CFR 720.75(c)) the review periods for all TSCA section 5 Premanufacture Notices (PMNs), Significant New Use Notices (SNUNs), Microbial Commercial Activity Notices (MCANs), and exemption notices that were submitted to the Agency under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA; 15 U.S.C. section 2604) before October 1, 2013, and for which the review period has not expired as of October 1, 2013.

There is a possibility that the chemical substances submitted for review in these TSCA section 5 notifications may need to be regulated by EPA under TSCA. The Agency requires an extension of the review periods to complete its risk assessments, to examine its regulatory options, and to prepare the necessary documents, should regulatory action be required. Therefore, EPA has determined that good cause exists to extend, under TSCA section 5(c), the review period for each such TSCA section 5 notification.

The duration of this extension period is equivalent to the duration of the shutdown, i.e., equivalent to the number of days accruing from October 1, 2013, and the date on which this shutdown terminated on October 16, 2013, and EPA operations resumed on October 17, 2013, or a total of 16 days.

Also, during the shutdown, new notifications submitted on or after October 1, 2013, through E-PMN/CDX or other methods were not processed. Consequently, the review period for any TSCA section 5 notice submitted during the shutdown did not begin until operations resumed on October 17, 2013. Information on the duration of the furlough can be found on www.opm.gov.

September 9, 2013

EPA launched ChemView, a Web search tool, opening the way to much improved one-stop access to chemical information developed by or submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more and visit ChemView.

July 24, 2013

EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For the first time, 119 fragrance chemicals for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added to the list. See the list and read the press release.

May 13, 2013

EPA published a notice of a public meeting that will be held June 26, 2013, on renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings. A December 31, 2012, advance notice announced the meeting and opened a comment period to allow data and other information to be submitted by the public and interested stakeholders. This current notice provides additional details related to the public meeting, including a discussion guide summarizing data and information received, and reopens the public comment period to the public and interested stakeholders. Read the notice.

April 1, 2013

EPA is interpreting its polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act to generally allow for recycling of plastic separated from automobile and other shredder residue. The Agency believes this interpretation responds to stakeholder interest in the use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. Further, it is the Agency's position that recycling material that would otherwise become waste can generate a host of environmental and economic benefits while protecting people's health. To learn more visit Regulations.gov.

March 27, 2013

EPA announced the chemicals identified for assessment in 2013 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These include 20 flame retardant chemicals and three other non-flame retardant chemicals identified in the TSCA Work Plan. EPA also made public its Plans for 2013 Assessments, which outlines the agency’s process for identifying these chemicals and the approach for assessment. Read more. Read the press release.

February 11, 2013

EPA released the non-confidential 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Information on chemical production in the United States. Read more. Download the public version of the CDR database in Microsoft Access.

January 23, 2013
Send in your nominations for the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for 2013. Nominations are due April 30, 2013. Read about how to enter the award competition and download the Nomination Package for 2013 Awards PDF) (16 pp., 361 KB, About PDF).

January 4, 2013
EPA released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the Agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess impacts on people's health and the environment. Read more.

December 31, 2012
EPA announced a public comment period and requested (1) data and other information on whether renovation, repair, and painting activities on and in public and commercial buildings might create lead-based paint hazards, and (2) on appropriate certification, training, and work practice requirements. Get more information.

December 28, 2012
EPA has updated the lead hazard information document "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home." Federal law requires that this pamphlet be given to people prior to buying or renting a home or apartment to alert them to potential lead dangers and their legal rights in connection with potential lead contamination on the property. EPA will not require users, such as real estate agents, to discard older versions of the document; therefore existing stocks may be used until exhausted. Download the new document (PDF) (19 pp, 1.6 MB, About PDF). For print files of the document, contact your EPA regional office or the National Lead Information Center.

November 29, 2012
EPA is proposing an interpretation of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act that would generally allow for recycling of plastic separated from automobile and other shredder residue. The Agency believes this is a commonsense response to stakeholder interest in the use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. Further, it is the Agency's position that recycling material that would otherwise become waste can generate a host of environmental and economic benefits while protecting people's health. To learn more visit Regulations.gov.

August 8, 2012
EPA signed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) (PDF) (47 pp., 266 KB) About PDF) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require companies to report in advance of all new uses of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic (LCPFAC) chemicals as part of carpets or to treat carpets, including the import of new carpet containing LCPFACs.

EPA also required adding seven perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemicals to the existing PFAS SNUR (40 CFR 721.9582), and amended that SNUR to include "processing" in the definition of significant new use for PFAS chemicals. Read more.

July 31, 2012
Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft alternatives assessment "Bisphenol A (BPA) Alternatives in Thermal Paper" (PDF) (492 pp., 6.1 MB) About PDF). Read more about the BPA Alternatives in Thermal Paper Partnership.

July 30, 2012
Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft report “An Alternatives Assessment for the Flame-Retardant Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DecaBDE)" (PDF) (812 pp., 10.2 MB) About PDF). Read more about the Flame-Retardant Alternatives for DecaBDE Partnership.

June 28, 2012
EPA has developed the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Comprehensive Management Plan providing strategic guidance to agency personnel and outlining the program's critical activities over the next five years.

June 1, 2012
EPA has identified the 18 Work Plan Chemicals on which risk assessments will be done in 2013 and 2014. Read more.

May 21, 2012
EPA and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help green the sport. Read more.

May 9, 2012
Through its DFE program, EPA released a final alternatives assessment (PDF) (27pp, 397K) identifying eight safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), surfactants widely used in industry and commonly found in consumer products, such as laundry detergents. When released into the environment, NPEs can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Read more about NPE. Read the press release.

March 20, 2012
EPA proposed Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act to require companies to report all new uses of five groups of chemicals, including in domestic and imported products, to give EPA the opportunity to review and take action, if warranted, to prohibit or limit the activity. Read the press release.

February 8, 2012
Eight companies participating in the 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program are on track to meet their commitment to phase out use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs) by the end of 2015. View the fifth annual progress reports from the eight companies. Read the press release.

February 7, 2012
Dover Chemical Corporation has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacture of chemical substances at two facilities. Read more. Read the press release.

November 28, 2011
EPA reported its progress reviewing and declassifying the identities of chemicals claimed as confidential under TSCA. This two-year effort is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to increase public access to chemical information. Read the press release.

September 20, 2011
EPA has launched its first ever Greener Products Portal designed to help you navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products.

September 19, 2011
Celebrate P2 Week, September 19-25, 2011. This year's theme is "Pollution Prevention a Cornerstone of Sustainability".

August 2, 2011
EPA issued the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, previously referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Modifications Rule. The rule requires new and updated exposure information and increases public access to a wide range of information on every day chemicals and limits confidentiality claims by chemical manufacturers. Read the press release.

July 11, 2011
Concerned about potential reproductive and/or developmental toxicity of the additional uses of glymes, EPA has issued a proposal to ensure that it reviews new uses of 14 glymes used in a wide array of consumer products. Read more and read the press release.

July 6, 2011
EPA proposed a new Definition of Solid Waste Rule, which includes the Remanufacturing Exclusion, also known as the Green Engineering Exclusion. Read more and read the press release.

June 20, 2011
For the 16th year, EPA recognized pioneering green technologies that are preventing pollution and helping the United States move toward sustainability. Read more.

June 8, 2011
To increase public access to chemical information, EPA has declassified the identities of more than 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that were previously claimed confidential. Read more, and read the press release.

June 1, 2011
EPA's National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC) will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C., June 1-2, 2011. The committee was established to engage tribes and provide an opportunity for greater input on issues related to chemical safety and pollution prevention. Read more and read the press release.

April 14, 2011
As part of the Earth Day 2011 celebrations, EPA is announcing that more than 2,500 products now carry the DfE label. EPA is also announcing the new requirement that manufacturers with products that bear the DfE logo must disclose their ingredients to consumers. Read more about DfE updated Standard for Safer Products.

April 13, 2011
EPA released action plans to address potential health risks from the chemicals methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and related compounds and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and related compounds, which are widely used in sealants, adhesives and coatings. Read more.

February 10, 2011
EPA notified five companies that the identities of chemicals in health and safety studies submitted as confidential are not eligible for confidential treatment, an action that is part of the Agency's continuing efforts to increase transparency related to TSCA and provide greater access to chemical information. Read the press release.

December 22, 2010
EPA has created a new Chemical Data Access Tool to find chemical information submitted to the Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more.

December 21, 2010
EPA is forming a new tribal committee to provide tribes with an opportunity for greater input on issues related to toxic chemicals and pollution prevention.

November 4, 2010
EPA has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear. Read more information about the petition, and EPA's response (PDF) (1 p, 409 KB, About PDF).

October 21, 2010
EPA announced that it signed a September 25, 2010, memorandum of understanding (PDF) (5pp, 1.63M, About PDF) with four other federal agencies formally establishing the Economy, Energy and Environment Initiative (E3) to help communities become more efficient, competitive and sustainable. Read the press release.

August 27, 2010
EPA has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in ammunition. Read more information on the petition, and EPA's response (PDF) (1 p, 234 KB, About PDF).

August 18, 2010
Action on Chemicals - EPA has released action plans to address the potential health risks of benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol (NP)/nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). The chemicals are widely used in both consumer and industrial applications, including dyes, flame retardants, and industrial laundry detergents.

August 11, 2010
EPA is proposing its IUR Modifications Rule that would require electronic reporting and expanded manufacturing, processing, and use information. The 60-day comment period will begin upon publication in the Federal Register. Read the pre-publication version (PDF) (113 pp., 262 KB, about PDF), the press release and more about the proposal.

August 3, 2010
The American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and a number of other groups submitted a petition to EPA under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) asking EPA to "prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead for shot, bullets, and fishing sinkers." Read more.

July 6, 2010
A rule (PDF) (18 pp., 121 KB, about PDF) takes effect today that will increase protections against lead-paint poisoning by eliminating the ability of owner-occupants of older housing to "opt-out" of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices. Read the press release.

June 21, 2010
EPA Honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Recipients. For the 15th year, EPA is recognizing chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States.

May 27, 2010
In another action to increase the public's access to chemical information, EPA plans to generally deny claims of confidentiality for the identity of chemicals in health and safety studies filed under the TSCA, except in specified circumstances.

May 17, 2010
As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s commitment to increase public access to information on chemicals, EPA has added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to EPA's public database called Envirofacts. Read the press release.

April 23, 2010
Three new actions to prevent lead paint poisoning were announced: (1) a final rule to apply lead-safe work practices to all pre-1978 homes, effectively closing an exemption that was created in 2008. (2) A notice of proposed rulemaking to require dust-wipe testing after most renovations and provide the results of the testing to the owners and occupants of the building. (3) An advance notice of proposed rulemaking to announce EPA's intention to apply lead-safe work practices to renovations on public and commercial buildings. Read more about these actions.

April 20, 2010
EPA joined with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Ad Council to sponsor a public service announcement advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning to children. The ads, in English and Spanish, urge viewers to visit the campaign Website or call the hotline: 1-800-424-LEAD to learn more. Read the press release.

April 8, 2010
Expecting more than 125,000 renovators to be trained in lead-safe practices by the April 22 deadline, EPA announced it is on target to implement a major lead poison-prevention rule aimed at protecting millions of children. Read our fact sheet and press release.

April 4, 2010
Green electronic buying and practices achieved major greenhouse gas emissions reductions in FY 2009. The Federal Electronics Challenge Partners, including EPA and 17 other federal agencies and facilities, purchased greener electronics, improved operation and maintenance of office electronics, and reused or recycled equipment. This reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 46,259 metric tons of carbon, the equivalent to removing 31,000 passenger cars from the road for one year. FEC 2009 Program Accomplishments Report (4 pp, 109 KB, About PDF).

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