EPA Releases List of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation

Source: 123RF

The EPA has released a list of 40 chemicals to prioritize for risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act.

TSCA requires the agency to publish this list of chemicals to begin the prioritization process to determine if chemical substances are a high or low priority for risk evaluation.

The Agency is releasing this list in order to provide the public an opportunity to submit relevant information such as the uses, hazards, and exposure for these chemicals.

A docket has been opened for each of the 40 chemicals. The publication of this list in the Federal Register initiates a 90-day public comment period. 

The publication also activates a statutory requirement for EPA to complete the prioritization process in the next nine to 12 months, allowing EPA to designate 20 chemicals as high priority and 20 chemicals as low priority by December 2019.

EPA’s high-priority candidates include:

  • Formaldehyde;
  • Seven chlorinated solvents;
  • Six phthalates;
  • Four flame retardants, and
  • A fragrance additive.

Among the low-priority candidates identified by the agency are chemicals from EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List, which includes chemicals that have been evaluated through the agency’s Safer Choice Program.

The comment period will close on June 19, 2019. The Federal Register notice provides information about submitting comments, including the specific docket number for each chemical.