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List of 20 Chemicals to be Prioritised for Risk Evaluation Finalised by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of the next 20 chemicals that will undergo risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act. These chemicals consist of seven chlorinated solvents, six phthalates, four flame retardants, formaldehyde, a fragrance additive and a polymer precursor.

The EPA will next accept public comment on scoping documents for each of these chemicals, which will include the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and potentially exposed or susceptible sub-populations the EPA expects to consider during each chemical’s risk evaluation. The agency plans to finalise the scoping documents by June 2020 and will also seek input on the draft risk evaluations for these chemicals. The goal of this process is to determine whether these chemicals present an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment under the conditions of use.

The EPA states that it is still carefully reviewing public input submitted on the 20 low-priority chemicals proposed in August 2019 and plans to finalise that list in early 2020.

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