May 27 & 28th, 2015
EPA has held several consultations to gather stakeholder input on reducing risks from several chemicals assessed under the TSCA Work Plan, including trichloroethylene (TCE) and the paint removers NMP and methylene chloride:
- May 27 – Environmental Justice Public Consultation on trichloroethylene (TCE). Learn more.
- May 28 - Environmental Justice Public Consultation on paint removers NMP and methylene chloride. Learn more.
April 20, 2015
EPA released the final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane. The problem formulation and initial assessment examined likely exposure and hazard scenarios to workers and consumers in order to identify scenarios where further risk analysis may be necessary. The assessment found no risks to the general population from inhalation exposure and low risks to aquatic life. EPA plans to conduct additional risk analysis on potential worker and consumer exposures.
- Learn more.
- Learn more about Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment.
- Read the Federal Register Notice (8 pp, 45 kb, About PDF)
March 23, 2015
EPA released the final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) (PDF) (281 pp, 7.0 mb, About PDF). The NMP assessment identified acute and chronic health risks to people, particularly pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who who are exposed to paint and coating removal products containing high concentrations of NMP, but those risks could be minimized by using NMP-resistant gloves in well ventilated work areas to reduce exposure.
March 10, 2015
In response to requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Significant New Use Rule under TSCA on long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances by 90 days. EPA expects the notice announcing this extension to be published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2015. Comments on the proposed rule were originally due March 23, 2015. Comments will now be due June 26, 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. EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days from the time of publication in the Federal Register.
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.
- Read the press release
- Fact sheet on benzidine-based dyes
- Fact sheet on DnPP, a phthalate
- Fact sheet on Alkanes C 12-13, chloro, a chlorinated paraffin
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.
In response to requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Nonylphenols / Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Significant New Use Rule (NP/NPE SNUR) by 45 days. Comments on the proposal were originally due December 1, 2014. Comments will now be due January 15, 2015.
October 23, 2014
EPA announced the updates to its list of chemicals for assessment to reflect new industry data on chemical releases and potential exposures.
- Read the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments: 2014 Update (36 pp, 673 kb, About PDF).
September 25, 2014
To reduce risks, EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule which would require EPA review of 15 Nonylphenols (NPs) and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) before reintroducing these chemicals into commerce. NPs and NPEs are a potentially harmful class of chemicals that are toxic to aquatic organisms. EPA will take comment on the proposal until December 1, 2014.
August 28, 2014
EPA released final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for DCM, ATO, and 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.
August 1, 2014
EPA held an experts workshop on TCE alternatives and risk reduction approaches on July 29-30, 2014.
- Read the Federal Register Notice announcing the meeting.
- Download the Workshop Presentation Materials (ZIP).
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.
- Learn more about the TCE risk assessment.
- Consumer Fact Sheet on Trichloroethylene (TCE).
December 4, 2013
A new EPA rule requires electronic reporting of certain TSCA information. Learn more.
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.
September 9, 2013
EPA launched ChemView, a Web search tool, opening the way to much improved one-stop access to chemical information that has been developed by or submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more and visit ChemView.
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.
August 23, 2013
EPA announced the proposed expert panel and meeting dates in September - November for peer review of EPA’s draft TSCA DCM and NMP Risk Assessments. Learn more.
February 22, 2013
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.
January 29, 2014
Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft alternatives assessment "Bisphenol A (BPA) Alternatives in Thermal Paper" (PDF) (492 pp, 5.98MB, About PDF). Read more about the BPA Alternatives in Thermal Paper Partnership.
January 4, 2013
On Jan. 4, 2013, EPA signed a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of draft risk assessments for five 2012 Work Plan chemicals. Read about the assessments and access direct links to the dockets. Comments are due by March 15, 2013. Public nominations of peer reviewers closed February 13, 2013. Read the press release.
December, 5, 2012
EPA will demonstrate the updated CDX registration process and will answer questions related to CDX registration. Specific reporting requirements will not be covered during this webinar.
The use of an operator assisted conference call is required for these sessions. Register for the webinar.
November 27 28, 2012
Cancelled: TSCA Section 4 eReporting tool demonstration webinar. Due to scheduling issues, this webinar has been cancelled. A future rescheduling date has not been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience.
September 20, 2012
EPA presented a webinar on the CDX registration process for companies submitting electronic data to the Agency, and on the TSCA section 8(d) and 8(e) reporting tools. Download the slides and the audio file from the webinar. Download the slides (78 pp., 5.14 mb.) About PDF) and the audio file from the webinar.
September 18, 2012
EPA presented a webinar on the CDX registration process for companies submitting electronic data to the Agency, and on the TSCA section 8(a) and For Your Information (FYI) reporting tools. Download the slides (67 pp., 3.83 mb.) About PDF) and the audio file from the webinar.
August 22, 2012
EPA announced a settlement with INEOS Chlor Americas, Inc., requiring INEOS to pay $175,000 and end the importation of SCCPs into the United States, and to submit pre-manufacture notices under TSCA section 5 for any MCCPs or LCCPs it wishes to import. Read the press release.
August 8, 2012
EPA signed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to:
- Require companies to report 90 days 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.
- Add seven perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemicals to the existing PFAS SNUR (40 CFR 721.9582), and amend that SNUR to include "processing" in the definition of significant new use for PFAS chemicals.
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. The draft report is available for comment until October 1, 2012. Please send comments to Cal Baier-Anderson
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 1, 2012
EPA has identified the 18 Work Plan chemicals on which risk assessments will be done in 2013 and 2014. Read more.
May 24, 2012
EPA will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 to negotiate an Enforceable Consent Agreement (ECA) to collect data on high production volume chemicals D4 and D5 siloxanes. Interested parties must notify the Agency prior to the meeting in order to participate. Learn more.
May 9, 2012
Through its Design for the Environment program, EPA released a final alternatives assessment identifying eight safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), surfactants widely use 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.
April 13, 2012
To increase transparency and streamline reporting, EPA proposed a rule to require electronic reporting (55 p., 192 kb.) About PDF) of certain information submitted to the Agency under TSCA. Learn more. 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.
- Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs)
Comment period has been extended to July 31, 2012
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
- Benzidine dyes
- Short-chain chlorinated paraffins
- Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP)
March 2, 2012
EPA is encouraging industry participants to focus their confidential business information (CBI) declassification efforts in FY 2012 on TSCA section 8(e) submissions filed with the Agency between FY1991-94 and after 2001. Read instructions on how to declassify these materials. For further information contact Scott Sherlock, (202) 564-8257.
March 1, 2012
EPA has posted its Work Plan identifying chemicals for risk assessment under TSCA. The effort is part of EPA’s comprehensive approach to enhance the Agency’s current chemicals management program. Read more.
- View the TSCA Work Plan Chemicals (PDF)(11 pp, 454 kb)About PDF
- Find out how EPA identified the Work Plan Chemicals (39 pp., 1.0 mb.) About PDF
- Read EPA’s Existing Chemicals Program Strategy (PDF) (4 pp., 48 kb.) About PDF
October 21, 2011
EPA issued several actions under TSCA addressing 60 high production volume (HPV) chemicals:
- Final rule that requires manufacturers to test the health and environmental effects of 15 high production volume (HPV) chemicals.
- Proposal that would require manufacturers to test the health and environmental effects of 23 HPV chemicals
- Proposal that would require companies to notify EPA prior to new uses of an additional 22 chemicals that are widely used in commerce.
July 19, 2011
In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) (PDF) (13 pp. 266 kb, About PDF) EPA asked for comment on requiring toxicity testing and environmental sampling and monitoring to help the Agency better understand and address the potential environmental effects of Bisphenol A (BPA). Read more and read the press release.