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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK03 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Trichloroethylene (TCE); Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 6(a) 

Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal. The EPA identified trichloroethylene (TCE) for risk evaluation as part of its Work Plan for Chemical Assessment under TSCA. TCE is used in industrial and commercial processes, and also has some limited uses in consumer products. In the June 2014 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for TCE, the EPA identified risks associated with commercial degreasing and some consumer uses. The EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address the risks of TCE when used as a spotting agent in dry cleaning and in commercial and consumer aerosol spray degreasers, if the EPA finds that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that the risks to human health or the environment are unreasonable. A separate Regulatory Agenda entry (RIN 2070-AK11) addresses the EPA's consideration of a rulemaking to address the risks associated with TCE when used in vapor degreasing operations.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR NYD     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605 Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 314 Textile Product Mills; 321 Wood Product Manufacturing; 323 Printing and Related Support Activities; 32411 Petroleum Refineries; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing; 331 Primary Metal Manufacturing; 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing; 333 Machinery Manufacturing; 334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing; 335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing; 336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing; 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing; 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing; 488 Support Activities for Transportation; 493 Warehousing and Storage; 811 Repair and Maintenance; 928 National Security and International Affairs 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Toni Krasnic
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7405M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0984

Joel Wolf
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0432