EPA names next 20 chemicals for high-priority risk evaluation under updated TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final list of an additional 20 chemicals designated as high-priority substances for risk evaluation under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

According to a notice published in the December 30 Federal Register, a chemical identified as high priority is required to undergo a three-year evaluation for potential health and environmental risks. EPA notes that such a designation “is not a finding of unreasonable risk.”  The chemicals include:

  • Seven chlorinated solvents
  • Six phthalates, or hormone-disrupting substances, linked to several health-related issues
  • Four flame retardants
  • Formaldehyde
  • One fragrance additive
  • One polymer precursor

EPA must release a scoping document for each chemical by June, detailing hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations.  For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-finalizes-list-next-20-chemicals-undergo-risk-evaluation-under-tsca