EPA Releases First Major Update to Chemicals List in 40 Years

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory listing the chemicals that are actively being manufactured, processed and imported in the United States.

A key result of the update is that less than half of the total number of chemicals on the current TSCA Inventory – 47 percent or 40,655 of the 86,228 chemicals – are currently active in commerce. It will be illegal for companies to manufacture, import or mix chemicals not designated as “active in commerce.” EPA’s TSCA Inventory Reset rule established the process by which substances on the TSCA Inventory are designated as “active” or “inactive.”

Now that the TSCA Inventory has been “reset,” no one is permitted to manufacture or process an inactive chemical substance without first submitting a notification to EPA.

The final inventory will be in effect on May 20, 2019. For additional information, visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-first-major-update-chemicals-list-40-years and https://www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory

FET WI CHMM chapter will be hosting a half-day seminar on June 5th featuring RMP-PSM-FIFRA-TSCA information.