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.