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EPA To Update TSCA Inventory, Require Safety Information for Chemicals
Sep 25, 2008
The EPA also plans to develop a program that would require the U.S. chemical industry to provide health and safety information on inorganic, high production volume substances.
"Chemicals are used every day in all types of settings— from science labs to our homes," said EPA administrator, Stephen L. Johnson. "The more we know about the chemicals we use today, the more we can ensure a healthier, safer tomorrow."
The EPA will seek shareholder and public input on specific plans for resetting the TSCA Inventory and for developing a phased, multi-year approach for challenging the chemical industry to provide EPA with health and safety information on high production volume inorganic chemicals. Of the more than 83,000 chemicals on the TSCA Inventory, many are no longer manufactured or imported. EPA has already collected information on 2,200 organic, high production volume chemicals, which account for more than 90 percent of the production volume on the TSCA Inventory.
These new efforts are part of the agency’s ongoing work to assess and manage 6,750 high and moderate volume chemicals. To date, EPA has posted assessments on more than 100 high production volume chemicals, which are manufactured or imported above one million pounds a year. Today the agency posted assessments on an initial set of moderate volume chemicals, or those manufactured or imported between 25,000 and one million pounds a year.
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