EPA on Nov. 29 announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.

“Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.”

The first 10 chemicals to be evaluated are: 
•  1,4-Dioxane 
•  1-Bromopropane 
•  Asbestos 
•  Carbon Tetrachloride 
•  Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster 
•  Methylene Chloride 
•  N-methylpyrrolidone 
•  Pigment Violet 29 
•  Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene, and  
•  Trichloroethylene

TSCA, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, required EPA to publish the list of the first chemicals under review by Dec. 19. The 10 chemicals were drawn from EPA’s 2014 TSCA Work Plan, a list of 90 chemicals selected based on their potential for high hazard and exposure as well as other considerations.

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