Toxic Substance Control Act Under Reform

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Toxic Substance Control Act Under Reform

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:25am

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The Toxic Substance Control Act (1976) is currently the oldest piece of toxic legislation in the United States. The TSCA covers over 84,000 chemicals that need to be managed by essentially every company producing products with chemicals. This has created very complex and expensive issues within the management of these products against regulations.

However, a new method for analyzing and defining chemical risk is being produced. As stated in this article by Environmental Leader, this could significantly cut costs within chemical management and have provided an outline of a report that led them to this conclusion. The creators of this report have released a study on their findings. Here are the important takeaways as stated by the authors:

  1. There are more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce and the environment (as stated above)
  2. The researchers are using a quantitative high throughput screening technologies and adverse outcome pathways that will allow regulatory agencies, such as the EPA, to prioritize which of these 80,000 + chemicals should be further evaluated
  3. The Toxic Substance Control Act is being reformed in congress and the EPA is required to keep a list of all chemicals manufactured or processed in the U.S
  4. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the American Chemistry Council both say that the 80,000 + chemicals is not an accurate representation of the actual number of chemicals that are being produced and used today.
  5. The EPA has stated that the actual number of chemicals being used today is closer to 7,500

The TSCA hasn’t faced a reform to chemically prioritize for modern day use. This is of the upmost importance. In doing so now, there have been significant strides taken towards significantly expediting the chemical management process and streamlining this for maximum ease for American businesses.

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