On February 22, 2013, EPA made publicly available health and safety information from almost 300 TSCA cases bringing the number of cases in which formerly confidential chemical identities have been declassified to nearly 800. Read more.
EPA's existing chemical programs address pollution prevention, risk assessment, hazard and exposure assessment and characterization, and risk management for chemical substances in commercial use. The Agency uses statutory authorities including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Pollution Prevention Act and the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act as well as voluntary activities in its implementation of these programs. This site provides information on EPA’s programs for existing chemicals. More about "existing chemicals."
On September 29, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the release of a set of Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation. These principles are provided to help inform efforts underway in Congress to reauthorize and significantly strengthen the effectiveness of TSCA.
In parallel with that announcement, EPA initiated a comprehensive approach to enhance the Agency’s current chemicals management program within the limits of existing authorities. This approach has continued to evolve, as described in EPA’s Existing Chemicals Program Strategy (PDF) (4 pp., 48 kb.) About PDF, released in March 2012. As part of this effort, EPA identified a group of TSCA Work Plan Chemicals for risk assessment under TSCA to help focus and direct the activities of the Existing Chemicals Program over the next several years.