Warning: EPA Announces 83 New Chemicals For Evaluation.

U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces to evaluate 83 chemicals over the next 3 years.

Announced earlier this week the US EPA has released a plan to evaluate 83 chemicals for assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) over the next three years, starting with a list of seven in the 2012 calendar year. This is part of a work plan that was released with the purpose of focusing the activities of the current existing chemical programs.

The list includes such chemicals and compounds as antimony, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury. Among the other substances are medium- and long-chain chlorinated paraffins, arsenic, cyanide, asbestos, creosotes, formaldehyde, styrene, benzene, naphthalene, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, trichloroethylene, 1,4-dioxane, tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) and vinyl chloride.

The EPA states that the inclusion of a chemical or compound in this list “does not itself constitute a finding by the agency that the chemical presents a risk to human health or the environment.” Erring on the side of caution and public safety. What this does mean for potential product producers that may have one or multiple of these chemicals in their products? If these substances are added, producers will have to:

  • Keep record of all use of these products
  • Submit notification when the use of new chemicals including these products are used
  • Submit notification when shipping or importing any of these products

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