Tue November 8, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has drafted a proposed rule outlining the procedures for prioritizing chemicals for risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA is required to, by mid-June 2017, publish a final rule to establish the agency’s process and criteria for identifying high priority chemicals for risk evaluation and low priority chemicals.

On November 7, the proposed rule was submitted for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is required under Executive Order 12866 for a "significant regulatory action" that may have certain economic, environmental, health, safety, legal or other impacts.

This action starts the clock on how soon stakeholders could see the proposed rule, begin evaluation and develop comments. OIRA has 90 days to review the proposed rule, with no more than a 30-day extension.

Rules for other framework actions under the amended TSCA—the actual risk evaluation process, fees to implement certain provisions under TSCA, and resetting the TSCA Inventory—must also be finalized by mid-June 2017. SPI will continue to update members on the status of these rulemakings.

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org.

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