The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could help move EPA's chemical risk assessment program off GAO's list of programs that pose a “high risk” of fraud, waste or abuse, because the updated law will help EPA take steps to address the watchdog's long-running concerns.
EPA's plan to use authority under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to review 10 chemicals is sparking debate between the chemical industry and environmentalists over the uses of the substances the agency should weigh in its risk reviews, with a former EPA official urging EPA to collect a broad set of data.
Chemical manufacturers are urging EPA to further delay implementation of the Obama administration's final rule revising the agency's industrial facility safety program, saying additional time is vital to give Congress time to consider a Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution that could potentially undo the entire rule.
EPA has granted in part chemical makers' request to extend the comment deadline for two proposed rules to ban uses of the ubiquitous solvent and cleaning agent trichloroethylene (TCE) using EPA's revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority, over the objections of environmentalists who say any delay will harm human health.
Stakeholders tracking EPA's implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are flagging early concerns over the agency's draft rule to establish a chemical risk evaluation process under the new law, including how the agency will consider the various uses of substances and how it will make inferences from chemical risk data.