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EPA Cites TSCA Overhaul In Latest Denial Of Petition Targeting Chemicals

Source: Inside EPA | April 11th, 2017 | By Maria Hegstad

EPA is citing its ongoing work to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as justification for what appears to be the third rejection of a petition asking for either testing or banning of chemicals since enactment of the TSCA overhaul, while outlining and expanding the minimum information it wants to see in any future petitions.

In a notice slated for publication in the April 12 Federal Register, the agency formally rejects the petition from environmentalists asking it to order manufacturers to perform toxicity tests of a group of flame retardant chemicals known as chlorinated phosphate esters (CPE), including tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate, 2-propanol, 1-chloro-phosphate and 2-propanol, 1,3-dichloro-phosphate.

The petition — filed by a coalition including Earthjustice and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) — is the third TSCA petition rejected by the agency recently, following its March denial of a similar petition from the same groups for a testing order of another flame retardant chemical, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), and its February denial of a TSCA petition from the Fluoride Action Network asking the agency to prohibit fluoridation…

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