The Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic office is attempting to develop a new plan to help it make regulatory decisions under the Toxic Substances Control Act(TSCA). The current chemical action plans have been unable to obtain the appropriate data needed to make regulatory decisions, so the whole plan is being reconsidered. Some within the EPA believe this could be the beginning of the end for chemical action plans.
The EPA will still move forward in identifying chemicals of concern and taking the appropriate actions to address concerns. In the meantime, EPA appears set to introduce new rules under TSCA Section 6 later this year. Section 6 “gives EPA the authority to protect against unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment from chemical substances.” Whether any of the new rules the EPA plans to issue are the result of the chemical action plans is unknown at this time.