EPA Seeks Health and Safety Information on 16 Chemicals

On March 26, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to require manufacturers (including importers) of 16 chemical substances to submit copies and lists of certain unpublished health and safety studies to EPA. EPA will use this information to determine its responsibilities pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act, including prioritization, risk evaluation, and risk management for those chemicals.

Specifically, EPA is proposing to require submissions of health and safety studies from companies manufacturing the identified chemical substances, including when a company is importing the chemical substance as a pure substance, mixture, formulated product, or article contains the subject chemical substance. Reporting would also be required where the chemical substance is included as an impurity.

The chemicals covered by the proposed rule include:

· 4,4-Methylene bis(2-chloraniline);
· 4-tert-octylphenol(4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)-phenol);
· Acetaldehyde;
· Acrylonitrile;
· Benzenamine;
· Benzene;
· Bisphenol A;
· Ethylbenzene;
· Naphthalene;
· Vinyl Chloride;
· Styrene;
· Tribomomethane (Bromoform);
· Triglycidyl isocyanurate;
· Hydrogen fluoride;
· N-(1,3-Dimethylbutyl)-N?-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (6PPD); and
· 2-anilino-5-[(4-methylpentan-2-yl) amino]cyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione (6PPD-quinone).

EPA has certified that the proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Comments are due on the proposed rule May 28, 2024.

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