Erik Baptist Discusses Request for EPA to Expedite TSCA Risk Management Rules
Erik C. Baptist, a partner in Wiley’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice, was quoted by Chemical Watch in a July 22 article about pressure nongovernmental organizations are putting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expedite risk management rules that would ban the use of chemicals that could pose risks to consumer or workers.
“Risk management rules under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 6 must be based on final risk evaluations where unreasonable risks have been identified," said Mr. Baptist, who previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law and Policy at the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “If EPA issues risk management rules before it completes the revisions to the first 10 risk evaluations, the agency would be subjecting these rules to significant legal vulnerabilities,” Mr. Baptist said. He also noted that there will be enormous pressure on the agency to move quickly on risk management – regardless of whether EPA accedes to the lobbying efforts of the NGOs.
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