August 28, 2014 – EPA released final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for DCM, ATO, and HHCB. The DCM assessment identified health risks to workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used.
August 1, 2014 –EPA held an experts workshop on TCE alternatives and risk reduction approaches on July 29-30, 2014.
- Read the Federal Register Notice announcing the meeting.
- Download the Workshop Presentation Materials (ZIP).
June 25, 2014 – EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for Trichloroethylene (TCE) (PDF) (212 pp, 3.0 mb, About PDF), identifying health risks from exposure when used as a degreasing agent, a spot removal agent in dry-cleaning and as a spray arts fixative.
EPA is using a multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety of chemicals, recognizing that the current chemicals management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), needs to be strengthened.
EPA’s three-part strategy for addressing potential risks from existing chemicals includes:
- Identifying chemicals for risk assessment and taking actions as appropriate. Read EPA’s TSCA Work Plan Chemicals and risk management actions for individual chemicals.
- Increasing opportunities for industry to move toward using safer chemicals, such as those described in EPA’s Design for the Environment and Green Chemistry programs.
- Increasing public access to data on chemicals that have been developed by EPA and, or provided by industry. Learn about EPA's ChemView and its transparency efforts.
In September 2009, EPA issued Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation to help inform efforts underway in Congress to reauthorize and significantly strengthen the effectiveness of TSCA.
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