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WASHINGTON (March 27, 2013) - Today, the EPA released a list of 23 chemicals that will be assessed this year for potential risks to people's health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"ACC supports the overall approach that EPA has taken to develop the Work Plan chemical assessment program under existing TSCA authority. Those of our members with expertise and information will contribute to EPA's planned assessment of these substances. These chemicals, including flame retardants , provide significant benefits and many have been subjected to reviews by national and international government bodies.

"We encourage EPA to work with stakeholders to fully understand what information is already available to the Agency on these chemicals, to see what further information may be needed for these assessments and to assure there is sufficient time to provide that information to the Agency. We will be reviewing EPA's proposal in more detail and look forward to working with the Agency to learn more about the scope of the proposed assessments.

"ACC and our  member companies are committed to supporting EPA efforts toward implementing a transparent and science-based chemical assessment process for priority chemicals. We also remain committed to working with both EPA and Congress to make additional improvements in the way chemicals are managed under TSCA ."

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