DG Digest: EPA opens comment period on chemicals prioritization

As spring formally kicked off, it was a quiet week for regulatory activity.  One item of note; after a lengthy genesis, the EPA is moving on the “designation “ phase for high and low priority substances under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA.  See below for details, as well as the rest of the week’s activity.


 As required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and related implementing regulations, EPA is initiating the prioritization process for 20 chemical substances as candidates for designation as High Priority Substances for risk evaluation and 20 chemical substances as candidates for designation as Low Priority Substances for risk evaluation. This document provides the identity of the chemical substances being initiated for prioritization, a general explanation of why the Agency chose these chemical substances and information on the data sources that EPA plans to use to support the designation. EPA is providing a 90- day comment period during which interested persons may submit relevant information on these chemical substances. Comments must be received on or before June 19, 2019. Here’s a link for the full listing


The agency published a minor correction to the recently published revision to the rules governing upgrades of Class B CDL’s to the more permissive Class A type.  The correction slightly expands eligibility.  See it here


The agency is renewing an ICR related to obtaining information on state plans.  State plans are in effect in those states which operate their own programs in lieu of direct federal oversight.  States are required to meet or exceed OSHA minimum requirement sin order to effect their own plans.  See the ICR here

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