On November 29, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the list of the first ten chemicals/toxic substances to be evaluated under the new Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) legislation. This new legislation was amended by the Frank R. Lautenber Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century which was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016.
This amendment to TSCA has a number of significant requirements. One of those requirements is that EPA was to release a list of chemicals to be evaluated or re-evaluated (if there is existing regulations for that particular chemical) no later than December 19, 2016. The risk evaluation process begins immediately and within six months the EPA must release a document for each chemical/toxic substance listing the hazards, the exposures, the conditions of use and the potential exposed population. The risk evaluation process must be completed within three years and if there is a determination that the chemical/toxic substance poses an unreasonable risk, the EPA must mitigate/regulate the risk within two years.
The selection of Asbestos as one of the first ten chemicals to be evaluated means that for the first time since the release of AHERA in 1987 and NESHAP in 1990, there will be significant review and potential new rulemaking.
For more information, please see the links below:
EPA Press Release