Risk Management for Existing Chemicals under TSCA
1 hour 30 minutes
Understand the TSCA amendments that initiated scientific scrutiny of chemicals in commerce by the EPA.
In 2016, 40 years since its original passage in 1976, Congress dramatically amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) through passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This topic offers a window into the TSCA amendments that initiated an unprecedented and sustained scientific scrutiny of chemicals in commerce by the EPA.
The EPA must prioritize chemicals for a multi-year intensive risk evaluation process to determine whether chemicals present unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations. If unreasonable risk is identified, the EPA must then promulgate regulations to eliminate that risk, which may include banning or severely restricting the use of the chemical. The EPA’s herculean task to implement TSCA has predictably garnered the interest of the regulated community, including chemical manufacturers, processors, distributors, consumer product manufacturers, myriad industry trade associations, among others. Afterall, the entire chemical industry value chain – from manufacturing of building block chemicals to consumer products reliant on these building blocks – will be shaped by EPA’s risk evaluations and subsequent risk management regulations.
• You will be able to recognize TSCA amendments.
• You will be able to discuss risk management under TSCA.
• You will be able to explain TSCA amendments that initiated an unprecedented and sustained scientific scrutiny of chemicals in commerce by EPA.
• You will be able to review prioritization and risk evaluation under TSCA.