EPA Issues Proposed TSCA Risk Evaluation Rule

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The EPA issued its proposed rule for how the agency plans to conduct risk evaluations when determining whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment “without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use.”

EPA recognized in its proposal that other federal agencies “may be able to provide important use, exposure and hazard information that is likely to be relevant to a risk evaluation of chemical substances.” The agency says it is “committed to interagency engagement and dialogue throughout its risk evaluation process, including data sharing, information requests and consultation regarding specific chemicals of interest."

The proposal was required under the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and published Jan. 19 in the Federal Register.


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