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The EPA offers more transparency with TSCA New Chemical Reviews

The public can now, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, search and view new chemical notices. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 Century Act, signed into law on June 22, 2016, was the first substantive reform to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This law requires EPA to make an affirmative determination on whether a new chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment under known, intended or reasonably foreseen conditions of use.

Active Cases under Review by EPAFigure 1: Active Cases under Review by EPA as of 7/23/2019

The EPA is demonstrating its commitment to transparency by making additional information about new chemical notices available to the public on the agency’s website. Citizens can now search and view monthly updates for active Premanufacture Notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), and Microbial Commercial Activity Notices (MCAN) by case number. Visitors to the updated chemical review status tracker can view and search monthly updates for any active PMN, SNUN and MCAN of interest by case number. Under the TSCA section 5, the EPA is required to make a determination on whether a new chemical substance present unreasonable risk to human health or the environment under known, intended, or reasonably foreseen conditions of use after EPA reviews a PMN, a MCAN, or SNUN and makes a determination. Users can view and download a spreadsheet with all active cases and their status.

Scheduled Updates

The EPA is slated to roll out two other updates. One update scheduled for late this year provides direct links to certain premanufacture and significant new use notices via ChemView—the agency’s online database for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The other update is to increase the frequency of the tracker update for 2020 changes. With all of the changes and updates to the TSCA, the EPA reassures business owners that with increased transparency to the public, confidential business information will remain confidential.

What does this mean for manufacturers?

Validating data accuracy is an important task and is one of ERA’s principle objectives. As an ally to the federal government and manufacturers, ERA software helps facilities accurately report hazardous substances stored on site, the physical and health risks of their chemicals, and the impact of their release into the environment. Federal agencies rely on sound data to set regulatory requirements for industry practices.  The new transparency tools now give manufacturers a heightened need to ensure they provide detailed and accurate data to regulators about their chemicals, manufacturing processes, and on-site chemical inventories.

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This post was written by Carla Samuel

Carla Samuel is a writer for ERA Environmental Management Solutions.