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EPA to Hold Meetings on Chemical Reviews, TSCA

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, says its fulfilling a promise made in August about the transparency of it is chemical review process and the prioritization under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The EPA will be hosting two meetings next month and will accept public comment at each one, answering as many questions as time allows.

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The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, says it is fulfilling a promise made in August about the transparency of its chemical review process and the prioritization under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Public Meeting on New Chemicals

The first meeting, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C., will cover the agency’s progress in implementing changes to its New Chemicals Review Program.

In August, Pruitt released a number of new proposed measures for the process including:

  • Where the intended uses in pre-manufacture notices or other Section 5 notices (such as low volume exemption requests) raise risk concerns, EPA will work with submitters, and, if the submitters submit timely amended PMNs addressing those concerns, EPA will generally make determinations based on those amended submissions.
  • Where EPA has concerns with reasonably foreseen uses, but not with the intended uses as described in a PMN or LVE application, as a general matter, those concerns can be addressed through significant new use rules.
  • Identification of reasonably foreseen conditions of use will be fact-specific.
  • The purpose of testing in a Section 5 order is to reduce uncertainty in regard to risk—specifically, it is to address risk concerns that gave rise to a finding of “may present unreasonable risk” or another Section 5 finding other than “not likely to present unreasonable risk."
  • In addition, consistent with the statute, any request for testing by EPA will be structured to reduce and replace animal testing as appropriate.

According to the EPA, the meeting next month will review its new process and proceed with the question-and-answer period.

Public Meeting on Approaches for Identifying Potential Candidates for Prioritization for Risk Evaluation

The second meeting will be held at the same time and location on Dec. 11, and will cover possible approaches for chemical prioritization under the amended TSCA.

In August, Pruitt put forth improvements that included:

  • Redeploying staff to increase the number of full-time equivalent staff working on new chemicals;
  • Initiating a LEAN exercise to streamline work processes around new chemical reviews; and
  • Institutionalizing a voluntary pre-submission consultation process so that submitters have a clear understanding of what information will be most useful for EPA’s review of their new chemical submission, and of what they can expect from EPA during the review process.

According to the agency, there are a number of possibilities that the meeting will review before the question-and-answer period.

To register, submit a question, or learn more about either meeting, click here.

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Government; Regulations

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