EPA Declassifies Industry Chemical Info

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the identities of more than 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that had been claimed confidential by industry.

For these 104 studies, the chemical identity will no longer be redacted, or kept from view. The chemicals involved are used in dispersant formulations and consumer products such as air fresheners, non-stick and stain resistant materials, fire resistant materials, nonylphenol compounds, perfluorinated compounds, and lead.

The health and safety studies include some declassified by the agency and other voluntary declassifications by companies.

In 2010, EPA asked industry to declassify what the agency deemed unwarranted claims of confidential business information and issued new guidance outlining plans to deny confidentiality claims. Based on this guidance, EPA notified a number of companies in February 2011 that the agency had determined that their CBI claim was not eligible for confidential treatment under TSCA and that EPA intended to make the information public.

In addition to these actions, EPA recently provided the public with free access to the consolidated TSCA Inventory on the EPA and Data.Gov websites. EPA also launched a new chemical data access tool.

On December 22, 2010, EPA made available the Chemical Data Access Tool to find health and safety data that has been submitted to the Agency, under authorities in sections 4, 5, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Article originated at EnvironmentalLeader.com