June 6, 2012
In March of 2012, as part of EPA’s comprehensive approach to enhance the Agency’s existing chemicals management program, they identified a work plan of 83 chemicals for further assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 provides EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. Certain substances are generally excluded from TSCA, including, among others, food, drugs, cosmetics and pesticides.
EPA identified an initial group of seven of the 83 work plan chemicals for risk assessment in 2012. They anticipate issuing draft risk assessments for public review and comment as they are completed later this year. If an assessment indicates significant risk, EPA will evaluate and pursue appropriate risk reduction actions, as warranted. If an assessment indicates no significant risk, EPA will conclude its current work on that chemical. Over time, additional chemicals will be added to the work plan as more data are developed and more chemicals screened.
This past Friday, June 1st, EPA announced an additional 18 of the Work Plan chemicals that are set to have a risk assessment performed during 2013 and 2014. The 18 chemicals include some chemicals associated with specific hazards such as potential carcinogenicity or reproductive or developmental toxicity; chemicals presenting persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic potential; and chemicals found in biomonitoring or reported in consumer products.
Exponent’s chemists, toxicologists, and environmental and exposure assessment professionals have a wide-range of experience in managing complex projects, and have the technical and regulatory expertise to assist clients with the EPA regulatory requirements.
We are uniquely prepared to assist throughout the process in planning, data development, data compensation analysis, and discussions with EPA before and after a package is submitted to the Agency. Our staff includes consultants who have previously held managerial positions at the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), and we additionally have significant and successful technical and administrative task force management experience.