Erik Baptist Comments on EPA’s Plan to Reopen First 10 TSCA Risk Evaluations
Erik C. Baptist, partner in Wiley’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice, was quoted by Inside EPA’s Inside TSCA in an April 14 article about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to reopen some or all of the first 10 chemical risk evaluations the prior Administration completed under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The Biden Administration has indicated it will reopen at least some of the 10 completed TSCA evaluations of existing chemicals, and may reconsider uses or exposure pathways that the EPA had previously determined do not pose an “unreasonable risk,” according to the article. TSCA also requires the EPA to evaluate 20 additional chemicals over the next three years.
“EPA already has to double its workload by going to 20 risk evaluations … and then … on top of that add these other pathways that were excluded previously, potentially going back and redoing the first 10,” Mr. Baptist said in a presentation at the GlobalChem Conference on March 30. “I worry about the workload and the quality of work coming out of the Agency for the next 20 and potentially even the first 10 that are being revised.”
“I sympathize and empathize with the [EPA] staff; they are overworked and it’s difficult work to do,” said Mr. Baptist, who previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law and Policy in the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). “But now doubling and even tripling their workload may not be the best outcome for robust science.”
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