Wednesday, June 8, 2011

EPA Revokes TSCA Confidential Business Information CBI For Certain Chemicals

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the identities of more than 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that had previously been claimed confidential by industry. For these 104 studies, the chemical identity will no longer be redacted. The chemicals involved are used in dispersant formulations and consumer products such as air fresheners, non-stick and stain resistant materials, fire resistant materials, nonylphenol compounds, perfluorinated compounds, and lead.

In 2010, EPA requested that the industry voluntarily declassify unwarranted claims of confidential business information (CBI). The agency also issued new guidance outlining plans to deny confidentiality claims for chemical identity in health and safety studies under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Based on this guidance, EPA notified a number of companies in February 2011 that the agency had determined that their CBI claim was not eligible for confidential treatment under TSCA and that EPA intended to make the information public. The health and safety studies include some declassified by the agency and other voluntary declassifications by companies in response to EPA’s 2010 request.

In addition to these actions, EPA has recently taken other steps to make chemical information more readily available. The agency has provided the public with free access to the consolidated TSCA Inventory on the EPA and Data.Gov websites. EPA also launched a new chemical data access tool gives the public the ability to electronically search EPA’s database of more than 10,000 health and safety documents on a wide range of chemicals.

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