Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Final Rule For HPV Chemicals Issued Under TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requiring manufacturers of nineteen high production volume (HPV) chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit the data to the agency.

The chemicals covered under the final rule have wide spread consumer and industrial applications. For example, diphenylmethanone is used in consumer products and may be found in personal-care products; 9, 10-anthracenedione is used to manufacture dyes; C12-C24 chloroalkenes are used as metalworking fluids; pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is a blasting and demolition agent; and leuco sulfur black is a fingerprinting agent.

The rule follows up on the voluntary HPV Challenge Program Chemical List launched by EPA that included chemicals used in household products such as hobby/craft glues, personal-care products, home cleaning products, home maintenance products, and automotive products. Companies voluntarily supplied data on more than 2,200 HPV chemicals under the voluntary program. However, no health and environmental effects data was provided on the 19 chemicals in the rule. Through this final rule, EPA is now requiring testing be conducted. In 2011, EPA expects to require testing of additional chemicals for which the agency has not received data.

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