Frequent Questions

What actions will EPA be taking to strengthen the Agency's chemical management program?

On September 29, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a set of Administration principles to help guide legislative reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):  http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/principles.html .  She also outlined steps for strengthening the Agency's current chemicals management program, fully utilizing the authorities currently available under TSCA: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/enhanchems.html.  A critical component of this enhanced chemical management program involves:

- Identifying chemicals that pose a concern to the public;
- Moving quickly to evaluate them and determine what actions need to be taken to address the risks they may pose; and
- Initiating appropriate action.
- On December 30, 2009, EPA posted an initial set of four action plans on:

       -- phthalates: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/pfcs.html
       -- perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs): http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/pfcs.html ;
       -- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in products: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/pfcs.html; and

       -- short-chain chlorinated paraffins: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/pfcs.html .

These action plans summarize available hazard, exposure, and use information; outline the risks that each chemical may present; and identify the specific steps the Agency is taking to address those concerns. As those actions begin, there will be opportunities for public and stakeholder comment and involvement.

The initial chemicals selected for action plan development were chosen on the basis of multiple factors, including: chemicals identified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic; high production volume chemicals; chemicals in consumer products; chemicals of particular potential concern for children's health because of reproductive or developmental toxicity; chemicals subject to review and potential action in international forums; chemicals found in human blood in biomonitoring programs; and chemicals in categories generally identified as being of potential concern in the new chemicals program.

Need more help? Visit EPA's Chemical Data Reporting webpage at epa.gov/cdr or contact EPA'sTSCA Hotline at tsca-hotline@epa.gov or 202-554-1404.




 

 

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