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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK70 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: ●Methylene Chloride; Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 6(a) 
Abstract:

Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to address unreasonable risks that the Administrator has determined are presented by a chemical substance under the conditions of use. Following a risk evaluation carried out under the authority of TSCA section 6, EPA has determined that methylene chloride presents unreasonable risks of injury to health. EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address these unreasonable risks. EPA's risk evaluation, describing the conditions of use and presenting EPA's determinations of unreasonable risk, is in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0437, with additional information in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0742.

 
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: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 751   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605 Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  TSCA section 6(c) NPRM to publish in the FR not later than 1 year after publication of the final risk evaluation, 40 CFR 702.49(b)(3)  06/24/2022 
NPRM  Statutory  TSCA section 6(c) NPRM to publish in the FR not later than 1 year after publication of the final risk evaluation, 40 CFR 702.49(b)(3)  06/24/2021 

Statement of Need: Following a risk evaluation carried out under the authority of TSCA section 6, EPA has determined that methylene chloride presents unreasonable risks of injury to health. EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address these unreasonable risks. Risks were identified for a majority of the conditions of use including import, some processing conditions of use, most commercial conditions of use, and all consumer conditions of use.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to address unreasonable risks that the Administrator has determined are presented by a chemical substance under the conditions of use.

Alternatives: Decisions related to this analysis are still in process and not available for this rule.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Decisions related to this analysis are still in process and not available for this rule.

Risks: As identified in the risk evaluation, methylene chloride presents unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders. The unreasonable risk determinations are made based off non-cancer adverse effects from chronic (liver) and acute (central nervous system depression) inhalation and dermal exposure, and cancer adverse effects (liver and lung tumor) from chronic inhalation exposure.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2021 
Final Rule  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-management-methylene-chloride  
Sectors Affected: 324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing; 325 Chemical Manufacturing 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ingrid Feustel
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Mail Code 7405M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-3199
Email: feustel.ingrid@epa.gov

Joel Wolf
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7405M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0432
Email: wolf.joel@epa.gov