EPA Prioritization of 20 chemicals for TSCA

As required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and related implementing regulations, this proposed list initiates the prioritization process for 20 chemical substances as candidates for designation as High Priority Substances for risk evaluation and 20 chemical substances as candidates for designation as Low Priority Substances for risk evaluation. This document provides the identity of the chemical substances being initiated for prioritization, a general explanation of why the Agency chose these chemical substances and information on the data sources that EPA plans to use to support the designation.

EPA is providing a 90-day comment period (until June 19, 2019) during which interested persons may submit relevant information on these chemical substances.

Under the amended TSCA statute (section 6(b)(1)(B)) and implementing regulations (40 CFR 702.3), a High Priority Substance is defined as a chemical substance that EPA determines, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment because of a potential hazard and a potential route of exposure under the conditions of use, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations identified as relevant by EPA. A Low Priority Substance is described as a chemical that EPA concludes, based on information sufficient to establish, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, does not meet the statutory criteria for designation as a High Priority Substance.

The EPA text from the Federal Register can be found at this link.

Public Consultation Launched on Chemical, Product and Waste Legislation

ACEA, CLEPA,  DIGITALEUROPE, ASD and other industry groups have issued a joint letter asking the EU Commission to allow stakeholder input on the proposed new Waste Frame Directive database as it’s being created.  They believe many benefits could be had from learning from IMDS and other formats being used in complex durable goods supply chains.  They also asked the Commission to take the below released report into consideration.  In the context of the Circular Economy Package, adopted in January 2018, the European Comm launched an Open Public Consultation (OPC) focused on options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, which ran from 23 July to 29 October 2018.

The questionnaire was divided in two parts: Part A aimed at gathering information on the company or organization represented by the respondent; Part B was organized based on the four main issues identified by the European Commission in the Communication and Staff Working Document on the interface that were published earlier in 2018. The questionnaire identified a number of challenges for each issue and posed questions (both multiple choice and open questions) aimed at collecting detailed information on specific topics.

This Public Consultation received 461 valid responses. 40 ad hoc contributions in the form of position papers were received separately. The replies were sorted and analyzed by category of stakeholder. Stakeholders were categorized as follows: Academic or Research Institutes/Educational Institutions (Academia); Non-governmental organizations (NGOs); Governments or public authorities (Governments); Other ; Businesses; and Industry or Trade Associations (Industries and Trade Associations). In addition, categories such as Businesses and Industries and Trade Associations included a versatile profile of respondents (recyclers, manufacturers, importers, etc.)

More information can be found at the Europa link here.