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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

Risk Evaluation for Perchloroethylene

Perchloroethylene (also known as ethene, 1,1,2,2-tetrachloro, tetrachloroethylene and PCE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is used as a solvent in a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer applications. The primary use for perchloroethylene is to produce fluorinated compounds, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), as a solvent in dry cleaning, and vapor degreasing solvents. Other uses include in a variety of commercial and/or consumer products such as automotive care products, cleaning and furniture care products, lubricants and greases, adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings.

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Problem Formulation for Perchloroethylene Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

This problem formulation refines the scope of the perchloroethylene  risk evaluation by clarifying the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describing how EPA expects to conduct the evaluation. This is an important interim step prior to completing and publishing the final risk evaluation. The problem formulation document will be available for comment until August 16, 2018 in the docket listed above.

Scope of Perchloroethylene Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

This scope document includes the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA expects to consider in its risk evaluation of perchloroethylene conducted pursuant to TSCA Section 6(b)(4). 

After releasing the scope documents, the dockets for each of the first 10 chemicals were open for public comments. Read EPA’s Responses to Public Comments Received on the Scope Documents for the First Ten Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA. This document addresses cross-cutting public comments received in response to EPA publishing the scope documents.