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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK19 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: ●Test Rule; Various Esters of Brominated Phthalate Acids 
Abstract: Section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides authority for the EPA to require manufacturers (including importers) or processors to test chemical substances and mixtures. The EPA is proposing a TSCA section 4 test rule to obtain specific data on human health, fate, and environmental effects for various chemical esters of brominated phthalate acids. The chemicals were identified for further assessment under the┬áTSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. The Work Plan indicates that chemical risk assessments will be conducted if, as a result of scoping and problem formulation, there are exposures of concern, identified hazards, and sufficient data for quantitative analysis. In August 2015, the EPA published a problem formulation and data needs assessment on the Brominated Phthalates Cluster Flame Retardants after scoping and problem formulation concluded that the toxicological and exposure profile for the cluster was incomplete and inadequate to develop a TSCA Work Plan risk assessment. The purpose of the proposed section 4 test rule is to obtain the necessary data to characterize hazard and exposure to enable the EPA to conduct a risk assessment under TSCA. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 799   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2603 "TSCA sec 4"   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2016 
Final Rule  12/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Undetermined  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Catherine Roman
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
7405M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-8172
Fax:202 564-4765

Loraine Passe
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
7405M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-9064