Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Previously Confidential TSCA Studies Released To Public

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as confidential business information (CBI) as part of the agency plan to make public the chemicals that are not entitled to CBI status. Since 2009, 577 formerly confidential chemical identities are no longer confidential and more than 1,000 health and safety studies are now accessible to the public that were previously unavailable or only available in limited circumstances.

In 2010 EPA issued new guidance outlining the agency’s plans to deny confidentiality claims for chemical identities in health and safety studies under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that are determined to not be entitled to CBI status. EPA has been reviewing CBI claims in new and existing TSCA filings containing health and safety studies.

Consistent with the 2010 guidance, the agency will request that the submitter voluntarily relinquish the CBI claims and make the newly available studies available to the public. EPA also asked the chemical industry to voluntarily make available information that was previously classified as CBI. According to EPA, to date more than 35 companies have agreed to review previously submitted filings containing health and safety studies and determine if any CBI claims may no longer be necessary.

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