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What Is The Toxic Substance Control Act?

January 22, 2021

The EPA requires that anyone who manufactures, imports, or exports hazardous chemicals must comply with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Act requires that anyone who wants to manufacture or import a chemical not listed on the TSCA list of chemicals must notify the EPA at least 90 days before producing or importing the new chemical substance. TSCA also imposes reporting requirements for anyone who exports hazardous chemicals subject to TSCA.

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TSCA was enacted to address the increasing problems of toxic substances. Through the provisions of TSCA, the EPA can collect or require the development of information about the toxicity of particular chemicals and the extent to which people and the environment are exposed to them. Such information allows the EPA to assess whether the chemicals pose unreasonable risks to humans and the environment. TSCA provides the basis for EPA's New and Existing Chemicals programs and the basis for national programs for major chemicals of concern, such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon, and the foundation for other TSCA programs, such as addressing environmental issues in schools, including energy efficiency under TSCA Title V.

Toxic Substances Control Act Basics

Various TSCA sections provide authority to:

Does TSCA EPA Apply to You>

TSCA applies to manufacturers, importers, and processors of chemical substances. TSCA covers any new or existing commercial chemical substances and mixtures. TSCA requires that the EPA be notified at least 90 days before the manufacture or import of a new chemical substance for commercial purposes. For the purposes of TSCA, a new chemical substance is one that is not listed in the Master File of the TSCA Inventory. These substances trigger the law's PMN requirements, along with other TSCA mandates.

The EPA also has authority under TSCA to regulate specific existing chemical substances and mixtures that pose an "imminent hazard," such as asbestos and PCBs.

TSCA EPA Exemptions

The Act exempts certain chemicals that are regulated under other federal laws, such as firearms and ammunition. For example, the EPA does not have authority to ban lead ammunition, although it can ban lead fishing sinkers. Other chemicals are excluded from TSCA's definition of "chemical substance." These include:

It is important that your organization understand all of the rules and regulations that fall under the Toxic Substance Control Act when deciding how to handle your Arizona business's toxic substance & waste disposal.

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