EPA Assessments of Chemicals in Commerce
Key Development: Makers of 18 flame retardants, fragrances, and other
chemicals are asked to submit information to EPA by Aug. 31 relevant to risks
the compounds pose.
What's Next: The agency will use the submitted data and publicly
available information in 2013 and 2014 to assess the risks of the chemicals.
By Pat Rizzuto
Chemical manufacturers that produce certain flame retardants, fragrances, and
other chemicals are being asked to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency
by Aug. 31 information relevant to the risks the compounds pose.
Hazard data, exposure data, and other risk-relevant information that has been
developed by other organizations also may be submitted.
EPA released on June 1 a list
of 18 chemicals in commerce for which it plans to complete risk assessments in
2013 and 2014.
The agency also asked interested parties to submit information, such as
unpublished scientific studies that are not already available through the
existing literature or information on uses and potential exposures, to the
agency for the assessments.
EPA would use the risk analyses for regulatory or other actions the agency
may conclude are needed to manage risks the chemicals might pose.
The chemicals and groups of chemicals are:
six additional chemicals:
The 18 chemicals were drawn from a list of 83 the agency released in March as
candidates for risk assessment over the next several years (41 DEN A-14,
EPA selected the chemicals because they have potential characteristics such
as persistence in the environment, accumulation in the food chain, and
harmfulness to human health or the environment.
The June 1 announcement means EPA is assessing a total of 25 of the 83
chemicals, or about one-third of its “work plan” compounds.
Richard Denison, a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, told
BNA the organization is pleased with the ambitious pace at which the agency is
striving to assess these chemicals.
“The proof will be in the assessments, not just the identification of the
chemicals,” he said.
Chemical manufacturers or other parties providing information to EPA should
include the chemical name and Chemical Abstract Service number on their
submission and mark the material with docket number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0516.
The submissions, due Aug. 31, should be transmitted via http://www.regulations.gov.
A link to the list of 18 chemicals and other relevant information about the
chemicals EPA is assessing is available at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/workplans.html#2013.