Toxic Substance Control Act
- Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines
- Risk-based chemical assessments
- Increased public transparency for chemical information
- Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out these responsiblities
Risk Evaluations for Chemicals
EPA performs risk evaluations of chemical substances to determine if those chemicals provide an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. An overview of the risk evaluation process can be found here.
As EPA conducts the risk evaluation process, small businesses are offered the opportunity to provide public input through submitting public comments, attending meetings & webinars, and contacting EPA through one-on-one stakeholder meetings.
Chemicals Under Current Risk Evaluation
Existing chemicals currently undergoing risk evaluation can be found here which includes links to additional information and the appropriate EPA contact person. Some chemicals that may be of note to small businesses include the following:
- Asbestos - may be found in some imported products such as automotive brake products, vehicle friction products, and gaskets.
- 1-Bromopropane (nPB) - a solvent used in vapor degreasing, dry cleaning, adhesives, sealants, and automobile care products.
- Methylene Chloride - often used as a solvent in vapor degreasing & metal cleaning, found in refrigerant chemicals and consumer goods such as adhesives, sealants, cleaners, degreasers, and automotive products.
- Perchloroethylene (PCE or perc) - primarily used in the dry cleaning industry and used as a solvent for degreasing.
- Trichloroethylene (TCE) - mostly used in industrial and commercial processes as a solvent.