The unit of the Environmental Protection Agency responsible for managing toxic chemicals will change its name on Earth Day, April 22, from the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances to the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
We wanted to ... reflect the critical work we are doing to make sure the chemicals manufactured and used in this country are correct, Steve Owens, assistant administrator of the unit, said March 30 at Global Chem 2010 in Baltimore.
OCSPP, as the unit will be called, is developing action plans to manage chemical of concerns, such as bisphenol A, and is responsible for managing the Toxic Substances Control Act, which is expected to be revised sometime within the next year.
EPA's ability to regulate chemicals with TSCA is extremely limited as the current statute requires the agency to do so in the least burdensome way. It has only regulated five chemicals in the 34-year history of the act.
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