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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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Problem Formulation for TCE Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

This problem formulation refines the scope of the TCE 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 July 26, 2018 in the docket listed above.

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). 

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.

Review of TCE Prior to the Lautenberg Act

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