EPA has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) that seeks public comments on whether and how the agency should regulate bisphenol A (BPA). 76 Fed. Reg. 44,535 (7/26/11). Specifically, the agency is considering requiring chemical manufacturers to conduct toxicity testing and environmental monitoring of BPA, under section 4(a) of TSCA, in surface water, groundwater, drinking water, soil, sediment, sludge, and landfill leachate.
EPA seeks comments on whether additional studies are needed to determine BPA’s environmental effects on fish, amphibians, birds, and aquatic invertebrates. It also requests information on how to identify any gaps in the current data on BPA’s environmental effects.
BPA is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastics used in CDs, DVDs, reusable bottles, electronic equipment, automobile parts, construction glazing, sports equipment, and other products. It is also used to make epoxy resins to line food cans and to coat plastics used for industrial purposes. A number of states and the European Union have placed restrictions on BPA, especially in products used by children. EPA requests comments on the ANPR by September 23, 2011.