Federal policy update

Implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and our partners took a leadership role during the legislative process of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, advocating the most protective and effective legislation possible to reduce the risks of toxic chemicals. Since LCSA was signed into law in June 2016, we have been hard at work continuing to advocate for strong implementation, for the sake of our families’ health.

See below for comments and letters we’ve submitted to EPA since June 2016:

May 17, 2019Supplemental comments on EPA’s Draft Risk Evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29
January 14, 2019Comments on EPA’s Draft Risk Evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 and Supplemental Information to Comments
November 15, 2018Comments on EPA’s Working Approach for identifying potential candidate chemicals for prioritization
November 15, 2018Comments on proposed SNURs on certain chemical substances under Section 5 of TSCA
October 30, 2018Letter to EPA on public comment and peer review process for the initial 10 risk evaluations under TSCA
August 17, 2018Comments on EPA Exposure and Use Assessment and Environmental and Human Health Hazards of 5 PBTs
August 16, 2018Comments on problem formulations for the risk evaluations of 10 chemical substances under TSCA; appendices focusing on individual chemicals were also submitted for 1-BP, asbestos, carbon tetrachloride, HBCD, and NMP; The Healthy Building Network’s report on Chlorine and Building Materials was also submitted as an attachment in the asbestos and carbon tetrachloride dockets
August 16, 2018Comments on proposed rule strengthening “transparency” in regulatory science
August 16, 2018Comments on application of systematic review in risk evaluations under TSCA Section 6
August 10, 2018Comments on proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for Asbestos
May 24, 2018Comments on proposed user fees for administration of amended TSCA
May 23, 2018Letter on finalizing the phase-out rule for methylene chloride paint removal products
April 16, 2018Comments on draft guidance on expanded access to Confidential Business Information
January 25, 2018Comments on the public meeting regarding approaches for identifying potential candidates for prioritization
January 19, 2018Comments on progress implementing the new chemicals review program
January 12, 2018Decabromodiphenyl ethers (decaBDE), Pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP), Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), Phenol, isopropylated, phosophate (3:1) (in these sections: main comments, technical report, EJSCREEN reports 1, 2, 3, and 4), and 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl) phenol (2,4,6-TTBP)
December 11, 2017Letter discussing serious concerns with pre-manufacture notice (PMN)/new chemicals program
October 16, 2017Letter relaying concerns about pre-manufacture notice (PMN)/new chemicals program
September 19, 2017Comments on scoping documents
July 25, 2017Letter critiquing scoping documents and problem formulation
May 24, 2017Comments on standards for small manufacturers and processors
May 19, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapor degreasing
May 19, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Methylene Chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal
April 4, 2017Letter opposing extension request for NMP/Methylene Chloride comment period
April 4, 2017Letter opposing additional extension request for TCE vapor degreasing comment period
March 20, 2017Comments on proposed prioritization procedures rule
March 20, 2017Comments on proposed risk evaluation procedures rule
March 16, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Trichloroethylene (TCE) in aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning
March 15, 2017General comments on risk evaluation scoping process
March 15, 2017Comments on scope of risk evaluation for: Asbestos, Carbon Tetrachloride (CTC), Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), Methylene ChlorideN-Methylpyrrolidone, and 1-Bromopropane (1-BP/nPB)
March 14, 2017Comments on proposed inventory notification rule
February 6, 2017Letter opposing extension request for both TCE rules’ comment periods
January 17, 2017Comments on Pre-Manufacture Notice/New Chemicals Program
October 4, 2016Letter regarding Confidential Business Information (CBI) substantiation requirements
August 9, 2016Letter conveying recommendations for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under TSCA

Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

The House passed an amended version of H.R. 2576 on May 24, 2016. On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the bill and on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed it into law, marking the end of a very long and difficult process. The final bill gives EPA important new powers to require chemical testing and to take action to restrict priority chemicals. The pace will be slow, however, and the bill has other limitations. It is important for the public to remain engaged as EPA implements the new reforms.

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