November 4, 2013 - Due to the government shutdown, EPA is announcing new dates (PDF) (4 p., 465 kb.) About PDF) (Wed. Nov. 13, Fri. Dec. 6, and Mon. Jan. 6) for the peer review meetings on EPA’s TSCA ATO Draft Risk Assessments. Learn more.
October 25, 2013 - Due to the government shutdown, EPA is announcing new dates (PDF) (5 p., 24 kb.) About PDF) (Friday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Dec. 13) for the remaining peer review meetings on EPA’s draft TSCA DCM (169 pp., 3.6 mb.) About PDF) and NMP (166 pp., 4.4 mb.) About PDF) Draft Risk Assessments. Learn more.
October 22, 2013 - EPA issued a rule requiring companies to report all new uses of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylates (LCPFAC) as part of carpets and their intent to import carpets containing these substances. LCPFAC is a category of potentially harmful perflourinated chemical compounds once used on carpets to impart soil, water, and stain resistance. Read the press release. Read 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 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 Design for the Environment 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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