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Erik Baptist Discusses EPA’s TSCA Risk Evaluation Plans for Seven Widely Used Chemicals

Bloomberg Environment
April 21, 2020

Erik C. Baptist, a partner in Wiley’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice, was quoted in a Bloomberg Environment article about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) preliminary plans to evaluate risks associated with formaldehyde and six other widely used chemicals.

The seven chemicals, used by a broad range of industries, are among many the EPA is required to evaluate under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to the April 17 article. Once the agency publishes its risk evaluation plans in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days to comment.

Mr. Baptist said the EPA’s risk assessment plans, called “scopes,” offer companies and trade associations their first opportunity to tangibly see how the EPA’s analyses might affect them.

While a 45-day comment period could pose challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies should still comment on the risk evaluation plans because the information they provide could influence the EPA’s eventual decision, Mr. Baptist told Bloomberg Environment.

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