EPA recently announced that it had declassified an additional 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies claimed to be confidential business information (CBI) by industry. In 2010, EPA issued guidance outlining its plans to deny confidentiality claims for chemical identity in health and safety studies under TSCA.
EPA previously declassified chemicals in March 2011 as part of its initiative to increase the public’s access to chemical information and to increase transparency in chemical information related to TSCA. The chemicals involved in this declassification include those “used in dispersant formulations and consumer products such as air fresheners, non-stick and stain resistant materials, fire resistant materials, nonylphenol compounds, perfluorinated compounds, and lead.” According to EPA, it will continue to take actions to increase the public’s access to chemical information. See EPA Press Release, June 8, 2011.