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December 17, 2014: To protect the public from a range of health effects and prevent harm to the environment, EPA issued Significant New Use Rules for certain benzidine-based dyes, a phthalate and a chlorinated paraffin chemical (76 pp, 350 kb, About PDF). These rules require EPA review of these chemicals before any new uses can be started or resumed.

December 10, 2014 – To protect consumers from ethylene glycol ethers, EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule (33 pp, 256 kb, About PDF) on December 10, 2014 which would require EPA review of seven ethylene glycol ethers (glymes) before reintroducing these chemicals into commerce.

November 25, 2014 – In response to requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Nonylphenols / Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Significant New Use Rule (NP/NPE SNUR) by 45 days. Comments on the proposal were originally due December 1, 2014. Comments will now be due January 15, 2015.

October 23, 2014 – EPA announced the updates to its list of chemicals for assessment to reflect new industry data on chemical releases and potential exposures.

September 25, 2014 – To reduce risks, EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule which would require EPA review of 15 Nonylphenols (NPs) and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) before reintroducing these chemicals into commerce. NPs and NPEs are a potentially harmful class of chemicals that are toxic to aquatic organisms. EPA will take comment on the proposal until December 1, 2014.

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.

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:

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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