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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

Risk Evaluation for Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) widely used in industrial and commercial processes, and limited uses in consumer products. Most of TCE’s annual production volume is used as an intermediate in the manufacture of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC-134a – an alternative to the refrigerant CFC-12). TCE is also used as a degreasing solvent, as a spotting agent for dry cleaning, and in consumer products.

Learn about what EPA has done to manage risks on TCE.

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Scope of TCE 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 TCE conducted pursuant to TSCA Section 6(b)(4). EPA will publish and take public comment on a Problem Formulation document for TCE which will refine the current scope, as an additional interim step, prior to publication the draft risk evaluation. This problem formulation is expected to be released within approximately six months of publication of the scope documents.

Review of TCE Prior to the Lautenberg Act

Prior to the Lautenberg Act, EPA began the review of TCE and published the following information.