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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK20 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Procedures for Evaluating Existing Chemical Risks Under the Toxic Substances Control Act 
Abstract:

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which amends the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), the Nation's primary chemicals management law. A summary of the new law, which includes much needed improvements to TSCA, is available at https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act. This particular rulemaking effort involves the revised TSCA section 6(b)(4), which requires EPA to promulgate a final rule within 1 year of enactment to establish EPA's process for evaluating the risk of existing chemical substances and determining whether they present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation identified as relevant to the risk evaluation by the Administrator, under the conditions of use.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq. Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    06/22/2017 

Statement of Need: As required by statute, the EPA must establish EPA's process for evaluating the risk of existing chemical substances and determining whether they present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation identified as relevant to the risk evaluation by the Administrator, under the conditions of use.

Summary of the Legal Basis: This particular rulemaking effort involves the revised TSCA section 6(b)(4), which requires EPA to promulgate a final rule within 1 year of enactment to establish EPA's process for evaluating the risk of existing chemical substances and determining whether they present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation identified as relevant to the risk evaluation by the Administrator, under the conditions of use.

Alternatives: Alternatives will be developed as part of the development of a proposed rule.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The EPA will prepare a regulatory impact analysis as part of the development of a proposed rule.

Risks: This will be a procedural rule related to risk evaluations. It is not intended to address any particular risk.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca  
Sectors Affected: 325 Chemical Manufacturing 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Susanna Blair
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7401M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-4371
Email: blair.susanna@epa.gov