EPA is allowing manufacturers and importers additional time to submit unpublished health and safety studies’ data for 50 chemicals. The new deadline for 20 of the 50 chemicals is December 1, 2021, updated from September 27, 2021. The new deadline for the remaining 30 chemicals is January 25, 2022. The 20 chemicals in the first group fall into the category of high priority for risk evaluation – note that EPA explains that being classified as high priority does not necessarily mean that a chemical is high risk. These chemicals are currently undergoing Risk Evaluation under TSCA. The Health and Safety studies will help EPA prepare scoping documents that identify the hazards, exposures, conditions of use of the chemicals, and potential exposures to them.
The 30 chemicals in the second group are organohalogen flame retardants. These chemicals are being evaluated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is a member of TSCA’s Interagency Testing Committee.