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EPA Names First Ten Chemicals for Review Under TSCA Reform Legislation

Friday, December 02, 2016
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act.

- 1,4-dioxane

- 1-bromopropane

- asbestos

- carbon tetrachloride

- cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster

- methylene chloride

- n-methylpyrrolidone

- pigment violet 29

- tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene

- trichloroethylene

The EPA states that within three years from the date this list is published in the Federal Register it must complete risk evaluations for these chemicals, which will determine whether they present an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. The EPA will then have another two years to mitigate any such risk; e.g., through labeling requirements, use restrictions, or outright bans.

The EPA notes that additional chemicals will be designated for evaluation and that all of the remaining 80 chemicals on the 2014 update to the TSCA work plan will be reviewed for their potential hazard and exposure.

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