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Formaldehyde Not Included in Initial EPA TSCA Review

This week EPA announced the first ten chemicals, of which formaldehyde is not included, that will undergo risk evaluation required under the recently passed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (“revised TSCA”).  The chemicals were chosen from the 2014 TSCA Work Plan, which lists 90 chemicals including formaldehyde. EPA selected the initial list based on “recommendations from the public, industry, environmental and public health groups, and members of Congress…”  EPA has indicated that the Work Plan’s remaining 80 chemicals will ultimately be reviewed for their “potential hazard and exposure.”

At the same time, EPA has submitted for review to the Office of Management and Budget draft procedural rules to determine the risk assessment procedures that will be followed for targeted chemicals and how to prioritize future chemicals for assessment.  CPA is following this process closely through the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel.   See EPA Press Release.  More info: Jackson Morrill

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