The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a federal statute that provides the U. S. EPA with the authority to carry out a number of essential functions, including gathering information about, assessing, and regulating, chemicals.
On June 22, 2016, Congress approved the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This law updates TSCA for the first time since the law was first adopted in 1976. It is expected to lead to a variety of changes in chemical regulation across the United States.
On the one-year anniversary of the passing of the Lautenberg Act, EPA issued three final rules:
EPA also released scoping documents for the first ten chemicals to be evaluated under the Lautenberg Act.
Finally, EPA released guidance for submission of draft risk evaluations.
EPA issued draft rules for specific uses of three chemicals:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapor degreasing
- Trichloroethylene in aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning at dry cleaning facilities
- Methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal
Those interested in the history of the bill may wish to review a table posted by the Environmental Commissioners' Organization of States (ECOS) comparing earlier House and Senate versions of the bill to the final legislation. This table focuses on the elements of the legislation that were of particular interest to state agencies.