The recently reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) relies heavily on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to meet the responsibilities established by the act, including the streamlining of chemical risk evaluations and the minimization of animal testing. Attorney Benjamin Dunham said that everyone will be watching closely to see if the EPA can meet the new law's deadlines, especially the first time a widespread chemical fails to meet safety standards.
"Pesticide law was in some ways the model for the new TSCA, so EPA has been through situations like this before, where a pesticide doesn’t meet the safety standard, and so they have to restrict uses and have labeling requirements," Mr. Dunham said. "But the universe of uses for an industrial chemical is potentially much, much larger than for a pesticide."
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