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Environmental Regulations
Toxic Substances Control Act:
Chemical Screening Programs
Listed here are several primary government programs that include, at least in part, requirements and/or protocols for the screening of chemical substances for human and ecosystem health impact potential including TSCA and the Inventory Update Rule. This paper is not intended to contain a complete list of chemical screening programs. It is recognized that others also exist and may be in common use.

EPA Public TSCA Inventory Available
March 15, 2010 -- EPA is for the first time providing free access to the consolidated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory on its Web site. Also for the first time the Inventory is available at as a dataset and as an extraction tool, which makes the data easier to manipulate. Read more about EPA providing easy access to the Inventory.

EPA: Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule (formerly known as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) rule)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a rule in 1986, historically referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) rule, for the partial updating of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Inventory database. The rule requires manufacturers and importers of certain chemical substances included on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory to report current data on the production volume, plant site, and site-limited status of these substances.  A final rule was promulgated in 2011 with a host of new requirements, some of which will be phased-in. The submission period is between February 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.  The frequency of reporting is now every four years and will require reporting of annual production volumes in addition to processing and use information from the principal reporting year if certain triggers are met.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides various control methods to prevent chemicals from posing unreasonable risks. The enforcement agency is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA collects data on chemicals and uses it to evaluate, assess, mitigate, and control risks that could be incurred during manufacture, processing, and use. The standards may apply at any point during a chemical’s life cycle (EPA, 1999). Use this page to learn more about TSCA and the IUR.

TSCA 101: An ACC Presentation
Provides a nice overview of TSCA, highlighting some hard facts and clarifying many perceptions.


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