On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Amendment), which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was signed into law. Under this amendment, EPA was authorized, amongst other things, to evaluate its existing inventory of chemical substances on specific timelines. The proposed rule – the Inventory Rule –will require manufacturers to notify EPA of chemicals manufactured and processed in the past 10 years. EPA will use this information to update the TSCA inventory of chemical substances, and to determine which chemicals are active and still being manufactured and processed and which chemicals are “inactive” in commerce. The purpose of the update to the TSCA inventory is to better position the agency to set priorities for risk evaluations.
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