EPA Finalizing First Action Plans, Announces Second Group of Targeted Chemicals


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency

As part of EPA's on-going efforts to enhance the Agency's chemical management program, OPPTS is developing chemical action plans to identify possible risks from the chemicals and steps the Agency intends to take to address those concerns.  On September 29, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson outlined a comprehensive approach to chemicals management, including the release of a set of Administration principles to inform legislative reform and a range of efforts to enhance EPA’s existing chemicals program.  This includes releasing a set of chemical action plans every four months.

In the September announcement, EPA made public an initial set of six chemicals for action plan development based on a range of criteria, including identification 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.  The chemicals were phthalates, long-chain chlorinated paraffins, PBDEs, perfluorinated chemicals, BPA, and benzidine dyes.  

On December 30, 2009, EPA posted the first four action plans on phthalates, long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in products, and short-chain chlorinated paraffins. The action plans outline the concerns that each chemical may present and identify specific steps the Agency intends to take to address these concerns, including, for the first time, utilizing TSCA Sec. 5(b)(4) authority to list chemicals that pose a concern, Section 6 actions to limit chemicals, Section 4 test rules, and Design for the Environment efforts.  

EPA is finalizing the two remaining action plans from the initial list -- BPA and benzidine dyes.  Utilizing the criteria outlined above, EPA is today making public the following list of chemicals for upcoming action plan development.  EPA anticipates making the next set of action plans available in late Spring.  

NP/NPE (nonylphenol/nonylphenol ethoxylate)
HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane)

EPA is also in the process of developing a list of potential chemicals for future action plan development and anticipates making that information available this summer.

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