EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments of Chemicals in Household Products

From Environmental Leader

The EPA has released for public comment draft risk assessments on five chemicals found in common household products.

The five assessments address the following chemical uses: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser and a spray-on protective coating; antimony trioxide (ATO) as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants; and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[y]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) as a fragrance ingredient in commercial and consumer products.

The draft assessments focus either on human health or ecological hazards for specific uses, which are subject to regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The TSCA restricts chemicals and their uses, and requires companies to keep records of and report their use of certain substances to EPA. Food, drugs, cosmetics and pesticides are generally excluded from TSCA.

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