SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 41, October 13, 2016

EPA Singles Out Five Chemicals for Regulation Under Toxic Substances Control Act

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified five chemicals that the agency will target with new regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA was recently amended by the U.S. Congress to provide EPA with greater authority to evaluate chemicals based on the health risks they pose and put in place regulations to eliminate unreasonable risks that are identified. 

The five chemicals that have been identified are Decabromodiphenyl ethers (flame retardant in plastics and polyurethane foam), Hexachlorobutadiene (used in manufacturing of rubber compounds and lubricants and as a solvent), Pentachlorothio-phenol (used in rubber), Tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate (flame retardant in consumer products), and 2,4,6-Tris (tert-butyl) phenol (fuel, oil, gasoline or lubricant additive).

EPA’s regulations limiting exposure to these chemicals are expected to be released by June 2019. 

For more information, please contact Ashley Ailsworth at ashleya@sema.org.

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