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11/11/2020

EPA seeks small businesses that use or are exposed to HBCD for SBREFA panel

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EPA recently published its final risk evaluation for the third of its 10 high-priority chemicals under the amended Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). In September 2020, EPA published a risk evaluation for HBCD, finalizing determinations of unreasonable risk for 6 out of 12 evaluated conditions of uses.EPA found the import, processing, recycling, commercial use, consumer use, and disposal of HBCD present unreasonable risks to the environment and the use of HBCD in building and construction materials and exposure through demolition present an unreasonable risk to workers and occupational non-users. A final determination that a condition of use presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment means that the agency will have to regulate those risks, which can include use-restrictions or bans, among other options.

EPA is now seeking small businesses and their representatives to serve as Small Entity Representatives for a SBREFA panel in anticipation of this rulemaking.

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