Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saccharin Removed From CERCLA List of Hazardous Substances

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed saccharin, a common artificial sweetener, and its salts from the list of hazardous substances. Saccharin was a listed CERCLA hazardous substance and had a reportable quantity (RQ) of 100 pounds; saccharin is also listed as a chemical subject to EPCRA 313 (SARA 313) toxic release inventory (TRI) reporting.

Saccharin was labeled a potentially cancer-causing substance in the 1980s. In the late 1990s, the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer re-evaluated the available scientific information on saccharin and its salts and concluded that it is not a potential human carcinogen. Because the scientific basis for remaining on EPA’s lists no longer applies, the agency has removed saccharin and its salts from its lists.

EPA proposed the removal of saccharin and its salts from the lists on April 2010 and did not receive any comments opposing the proposal.

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