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The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 40 chemicals as the initial step in a new process of reviewing chemicals currently in commerce under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act. Information such as uses, hazards, and exposures for each of these chemicals may be submitted through June 19.
TSCA requires the EPA to publish this list to begin the process of designating 20 chemicals as high-priority and 20 chemicals as low-priority. Each chemical designated as high-priority will begin a three-year risk evaluation process to determine if it presents an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment under the conditions of use. The designation of a chemical as low-priority means that further risk evaluation is not warranted at this time. The prioritization process must be completed in the next 9 to 12 months.
The 20 high-priority candidate chemicals include seven chlorinated solvents, six phthalates, four flame retardants, formaldehyde, a fragrance additive, and a polymer pre-cursor. The 20 low-priority candidate chemicals have been selected from the EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List, which includes chemicals that have been evaluated and determined to meet EPA’s safer choice criteria.