EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed Regulation of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals Under TSCA Section 6(h)

On July 29, 2019, EPA published a proposed rulemaking for five chemicals that the agency identified as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic under section 6(h) of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The chemicals include decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE); phenol, isopropylated phosphate ( PIP 3:1), also known as tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate; 2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl)phenol (2,4,6 TTBP); hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD); and pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP). For four of these chemicals, the agency is proposing to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing and distribution for many uses including their use in products and articles with some exemptions. The agency has proposed no regulatory action for HCBD. These risk management decisions are based on exposure and use assessments; the agency did not conduct risk evaluations for these chemicals. Other proposed requirements recordkeeping and downstream notification (only for PIP 3:1).

Comments are due on September 27, 2019.

Read the proposal and submit comments here.

Advocacy contact: Tabby Zeb at (202) 205-6790 or email at twaqar@sba.gov.