EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information

24 Feb 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.

As part of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the reform act, , known to cause mesothelioma, a rare, fatal cancer that normally affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen, is set to finally be evaluated by the  (EPA) to determine its risk to humans and potentially be further regulated or banned. Despite well studied health risks, the use of the carcinogenic group of minerals has continued due to legal red tape, MyMeso previously reported.

While the change of presidential administrations and political parties caused — and perhaps continues to cause — some to question the Act’s future, the EPA seems to be moving forward with its initial plan. Last week the agency held a public meeting on use information for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the Act — a step toward the creation of scoping documents for each of the chemicals.

“The scoping document will include information about the chemical substance, such as conditions of use, exposures, including potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations, and hazards, that the Agency expects to consider in the risk evaluation,” according to the EPA’s website.

The meeting highlighted asbestos’ use in roof coatings, chemical processes, brake blocks in oilfield equipment, gaskets, and imported aftermarket friction products like brakes. Evidence also suggests other asbestos-containing products are imported into the U.S., like building materials.

EPA officials are taking public comment on the chemicals’ use information through March 15, 2017. The deadline for publishing scope documents for the initial 10 chemicals is June 19, 2017. Comments can be submitted through regulations.gov.

 

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