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6th July 2017, Arlington, VA

EPA final rule for risk evaluation under TSCA

ACMA believes the final rule improves on EPA’s proposed risk evaluation regulation from December 2016.The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its June 22 final rule for Risk Evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ACMA believes the final rule improves on EPA’s proposed risk evaluation regulation from December 2016.

“EPA’s final rule shows an increased awareness of the need to focus regulatory programs on actual or likely risks,” said ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “ACMA and its member companies worked with EPA and the White House to highlight the likely impacts of the proposed rule to manufacturers and the public.”

Discussing concerns

Last year, representatives from ACMA and its member companies met with the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to discuss concerns with some of the TSCA rules. In March 2017, ACMA submitted comments on EPA’s proposal.

“We greatly appreciate EPA’s attention to ACMA’s concerns,” said Dobbins. “The proposed rule from last year could have imposed significant burdens on ACMA’s member companies and would not have benefited the health and safety of employees and their local communities. ACMA is committed to helping our members keep their workers and plant neighbours safe.”

Final rule

The proposed rule would have required EPA to conduct assessments for uses of all chemicals. The final rule allows the agency to consider only those chemical uses expected to result in excessive risks. EPA can exclude a use of a chemical that has been adequately assessed by another regulatory agency, particularly where the other agency has effectively managed the risks.

ACMA is the composites industry’s largest trade group in the world. The American composites industry is made up of approximately 3,000 companies. In the US it employs more than a half-million people in all 50 states and generates almost US$ 70 billion in revenues annually.

ACMA advocates for the interests of the composites community, proactively and positively affecting regulatory and legislative outcomes on a wide range of policy issues, including energy and environment, worker health/safety, trade policy and job creation.

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