Center for Chemical Safety

A Resource for Partnering on Efficient Chemical Management

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) created the Center to serve as a scientific, technical and advocacy hub that will assist ACC members and non-members with the implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA).

Under the new law, chemical manufacturers, processors, importers and downstream users of chemistry will have multiple opportunities to provide input to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and may be subject to Agency requests for additional information. In an effort to share costs and promote efficiency, companies may wish to form consortia to collaborate on the development of comments or new data to submit to EPA. These collaborative efforts can also help inform EPA decisions on chemical prioritization, risk evaluations and risk management options. The Center can assist companies with the creation, support, and management of such consortia for working with EPA.

TSCA Section 5 Testing Consortium

In September, ACC formed the TSCA Section 5 Testing Consortium, housed within the Center. In December, the Consortium met with key EPA staff to gain better clarity on EPA’s proposed tiered testing and to explore options for alternative data collection and testing for each of the four categories: General Surfactants, Polycationic Substances, Waterproofing Agents, and Insoluble Polymer Lung Overload. The Consortium plans to meet with EPA in the first quarter of 2018 to address possible data gaps and information that may not have been previously considered by the Agency. To facilitate cooperation, EPA has identified staff to work with the Consortium on ongoing technical issues.

The Consortium’s 2018 deliverables will reflect the feedback received during its initial meeting with EPA but are likely to include:

  • Compiling pertinent data for each chemical category to determine data gaps.
  • Determining viability of alternative testing protocols through third-party research.
  • Forming working groups within the consortium to specifically address issues unique to each of the four chemical categories.
  • Continuing to meet with EPA discuss technical and scientific issues regarding EPA’s proposed tiered testing for the four chemical categories.

While fully underway, the consortium is still welcoming new members. Companies that have not yet expressed an interest in joining are urged to do so as soon as possible, especially if they would like to participate in any future meetings with EPA. Please contact Robert Simon by email or by phone at (202) 249-6700 for more information.

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