EPA Announces More Muscular Use of TSCA Section 6
TSCA/Section 6 restrictions:
June 7, 2012 Jim Jones, Acting Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, announced that EPA plans to use TSCA §6 to ban or restrict the use of chemicals that pose an unreasonable risk. This is an extension of the Administrator’s 2009 Comprehensive Approach to Enhance the Agency’s Current Chemical’s Management Program. At that time, the Agency announced a renewed focus on identifying chemicals of concern and initiating appropriate risk management, including regulatory action to restrict or ban chemicals. Jones’ Office explained that the agency intends to use its existing authority to the best of its ability until Congress enacts TSCA reform. It noted that TSCA reform is one of the Administrator’s highest priorities.
Jones statement was made at the Environmental Council of the States’ State Environmental Protection in 2012 forum. He spoke extemporaneously. For further information, Jones’ Office recommends reviewing the Comprehensive Approach and the Administrator’s Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation. See also the Administrator’s September 2009 remarks announcing both efforts.