EPA's departing toxics chief Jim Jones says the overhauled Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is proving to be a "transformative" law that is creating several large challenges for the agency, in particular how it develops confidential business information (CBI) policies under the law and how it will review the safety of new chemicals.
EPA is seeking public comment on a draft decision to grant petitions from New York state and a chemical industry group to add the solvent n-propyl bromide (nPB) to the Clean Air Act list of air toxics, which would trigger a duty for the agency to craft hazardous air pollutant (HAP) regulations that could reduce overall use of nPB.
EPA is defending its drinking water health advisory for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) against criticisms a New Jersey regulatory advisory body levied when the state panel proposed a much stricter level for the state's first-in-the-nation enforceable drinking water standard for the chemical.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a just-released report says new toxicology and exposure technologies have the potential to advance more complex regulatory risk assessment, including evaluation of the effects of multiple and non-chemical stressors, but also outline a series of challenges these new methods will pose for EPA and other agencies.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is seeking a meeting with EPA research officials over concerns a recent agency Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment did not include an appendix responding to public comments, despite EPA vowing to include such responses as part of its plan to improve the IRIS process.
EPA has announced the Office of Research & Development (ORD) official who will serve as acting ORD chief during the transition to the Trump administration, while also naming the new director for the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) that includes its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.
EPA is seeking input on its plans to establish a negotiated rulemaking panel to address concerns about the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program as required by the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with the goal of ultimately crafting a rule that could limit some reporting mandates for inorganic byproduct manufacturers.