The Environmental Protection Agency on April 6 proposed adding 16 chemicals to its Toxics Release Inventory list, saying that a review of available studies suggest they could cause cancer in people.
It is the first proposed addition to the TRI in more than a decade, and includes vinyl fluoride and four polycyclic aromatic compounds, all of which previously had been classified as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Additionally, EPA will be initiating an inventory update, reporting rule-making in an attempt to get more information on the use of chemicals and their exposures, said Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA office of pollution prevention and toxics. That will allow us to do a better assessment and do better screening of chemicals.
The target date for completing the rule making is next spring, Cleland-Hamnett said during Global Chem 2010 in Baltimore on March 30.
We will be pushing to get the final rule out as soon as possible, sometime in early 2011. The next data submission period for inventory reporting is June 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011 and should include data from 2010.
The Toxics Release Inventory is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on nearly 650 chemicals from about 22,000 industrial facilities. Just one year ago, EPA reinstated stricter reporting requirements, reversing the less-stringent rules of the Bush administration.
EPA estimated that 175 facilities will be affected by the addition of the 16 chemicals to the list. Once the proposal appears in the Federal Register, there will be a 60-day comment period.
Both initiatives are part of EPA's increased effort to regulate toxic chemicals and gather more data to assist in that decision-making. The agency also is seeking to cut the amount of material that can be classified as confidential business information.
In addition, EPA is adding 24 chemicals to its list of so-called chemicals of concern under the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act program during the next two years, and developing plans to regulate those chemicals.
Since December, the agency has identified 10 chemicals of concerns and issued plans for five of them, including bisphenol A, which is used to make polycarbonate and epoxy resins.
The list of 16 chemicals that EPA is proposing to add to the Toxics Release Inventory list can be found at www.epa.gov/ tri/lawsandregs/ntp_chemicals/ index.html.
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