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EPA’s prioritization and risk evaluations must take into account key science provisions in the new law

WASHINGTON (August 9, 2016) –  The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement today about the August 9th and August 10th public stakeholder meetings on EPA’s development of regulations required under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) for risk evaluation and chemical prioritization for risk evaluation.

“We welcome this opportunity to highlight ACC’s principles on these issues and hear from EPA about how it will incorporate key science provisions of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act in its upcoming rules on how the Agency will designate low and high priority chemicals and conduct risk evaluations under the LCSA. Congress made it clear that the integrity of the science behind these issues is important for the new law to be objective and transparent to draw conclusions about a chemical’s safety.

“ACC fully supports EPA’s authority under the new law to systematically prioritize chemicals for risk evaluations. A draft prioritization rule must: clearly define the criteria for designating high and low priority chemicals based on hazard and exposure potential, conditions of use and other factors; provide timeframes for EPA to complete its work and for manufacturers to provide information to the Agency; outline a prioritization methodology that allows for the incorporation of new exposure tools and methods over time; and, include ample opportunities for stakeholders to provide comments and information to the Agency. 

“Under the LCSA, chemicals that are identified as high priority will be subject to a thorough risk evaluation. A credible risk evaluation must include elements and best practices that will ensure the quality, transparency and clarity of evaluations that are used to inform important regulatory decisions. EPA’s draft risk evaluation rule should: clearly outline the Agency’s plans to use the best-available science; integrate all available information on hazards and exposures in various conditions of use; define potentially exposed or susceptible populations who could be at greater risk based on exposures; focus on the highest quality scientific standards and demonstrate how Agency decisions will be based on the weight of scientific evidence; discuss the tools and databases the Agency plans to utilize for human health and ecological evaluations; and, explain how the Agency plans to partner with other U.S. and international agencies.

“The development of prioritization and risk evaluation rules must take into account key sections of the LCSA, especially the relevant science provisions that are defined and outlined by Congress in Section 26 of the new law.

“In the coming months, ACC will continue to collaborate with the Agency and other stakeholders to ensure that EPA’s first draft rules and regulations developed under the LCSA are written in a way that encourages effective and efficient implementation of the nation’s updated national chemical regulatory system. The development of these rules in collaboration with stakeholders is vital to the success of the new law and will provide industry the regulatory certainty it needs to innovate and compete in the global market. Proper implementation will also ensure that the public can trust that the products of chemistry are safe for their intended uses.”


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