On November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first 10 chemicals that will be undergo risk evaluations under the recently reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):
- Carbon Tetrachloride
- Cyclic Aliphatic Bromides Cluster
- Methylene Chloride
- Pigment Violet 29
- Tetrachloroethylene, also known as Perchloroethylene
Many of the listed solvents, have been used in electronics manufacturing and may still be in use in certain locations and applications.
Under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) which amended TSCA, EPA must release a scoping document within six months for each chemical and complete the risk evaluations within three years. Depending on the results of these risk evaluations, the EPA may then be required to ban one or all of these chemicals from the marketplace.
IPC will review the scoping document and actively participate in the risk evaluation process.