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EPA Proposes Formaldehyde as Priority Chemical for TSCA Risk Evaluation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued today a proposed rulemaking to list formaldehyde as one of twenty priority chemicals it will review under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation process.  The proposed listing is not unexpected, as formaldehyde is one of 90 chemicals on the EPA’s Work Plan chemicals list that must be evaluated under TSCA.  EPA has set June 19 as the deadline for comment on the proposed priority listing of formaldehyde.  The prioritization process is expected to be completed by the end of the year, followed by a three-year evaluation to determine potential risks and any necessary regulatory measures to address them. 

TSCA risk evaluations are mandated by Congress and intended to determine whether a chemical “presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment, under the conditions of use, including an unreasonable risk to relevant potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation.”  EPA is required to examine both hazard and exposure, as well as consider costs and other non-risk factors, in making the assessment.  For the formaldehyde risk evaluation, composite wood panels and products made with them could be identified as conditions of use that may be reviewed by EPA.  CPA will follow this issue closely and engage EPA at the appropriate time to reinforce that the composite panel industry is very well-regulated under TSCA Title VI and does not present an “unreasonable risk.”  See Federal Register Notice.  More Info: Jackson Morrill

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