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EPA to Fast-Track 5 Chemicals under New TSCA Law

Oct 2016

On Tuesday, EPA announced that it had selected five chemicals to receive expedited action under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA).  LCSA was signed into law in June to update and reform the nation’s chemical regulatory system.  The law requires EPA to reduce exposure to persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals.

“The threats from persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals are well-documented,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator in EPA’s office of chemical safety and pollution prevention. “The new law directs us to expedite action to reduce risks for these chemicals, rather than spending more time evaluating them. We are working to ensure the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act signed in June of this year delivers on the promise of better protecting the environment and public health as quickly as possible.”

The five chemicals include:

  • Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE), used as a flame retardant in textiles, plastics and polyurethane foam;
  • Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), used in the manufacture of rubber compounds and lubricants and as a solvent;
  • Pentachlorothio-phenol (PCTP), used as an agent to make rubber more pliable in industrial uses;
  • Tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate, used as a flame retardant in consumer products and other industrial uses; and
  • 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol, used as a fuel, oil, gasoline or lubricant additive.

EPA will begin by identifying where these chemicals are used and how people are exposed to them before imposing limitations on their use.

VI has been monitoring EPA’s implementation of LCSA since June.  In August, VI submitted comments pertaining to EPA’s prioritization process for selecting chemicals for risk evaluation.  EPA must select 10 high priority chemicals for evaluation by December 22. 

VI will continue monitoring and responding to EPA’s implementation of LCSA.  If you would like more information on how to get involved in the process, please email John Serrano at

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