URGENT! Are you concerned about chemicals in the products you buy – like household cleaners or baby toys? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is initiating a consultation and coordination with federally-recognized Indian tribes on three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) proposed actions that affect the consermer products you may buy:
1) A proposed procedural rule required under section 6 regarding EPA’s process for prioritizing chemicals as either a High- or Low-Priority for further evaluation;
2) A proposed procedural rule required under section 6 regarding EPA’s process for conducting Risk Evaluations on priority chemicals; and,
3) A proposed reporting rule required under TSCA section 8 requiring a one-time notification to EPA by manufacturers (including importers) if they have manufactured or imported a substance in the past 10 years, that will enable EPA to label “active” and “inactive” chemical subsets of the TSCA Inventory.
Respond to Open Tribal Consultation until March 14, 2017! Share with EPA your concerns about making sure Tribal populations are appropriately considered in the risk evaluations for these chemicals. EPA has set two Tribal Consultations calls:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Tribal Consultation 1 from 1:00-4:00 pm (EDT)
Call-in Number: 1-866-900-8984 Conference ID number: 30653848
Thursday, February 23, 2017, Tribal Consultation 2 from 1:00-4:00 pm (EDT)
Call-in Number: 1-866-900-8984 Conference ID number: 30667674
For a list of talking points for these calls, CLICK HERE
If you are unavailable for these consultation calls and have comments, including written comments, on any of these actions, please send them to Irina Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. postal service at:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics – MC 7408M
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20460
See EPA's tribal consultation website: https://tcots.epa.gov
Respond to Tribal Consultation until September 12, 2016! Share with EPA your concerns of the larger amount human exposure to chemical agents (stressors) that American Indians and Alaska Natives experience due to longer and more frequent contact with the environment and it's resources. The new guidelines will have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts to measuring the negative effects of chemicals on tribal people and tribal lifeways: lifegiving natural resources gathered and harvested throughout the year.
See EPA's tribal consultation website: http://tcots.epa.gov/oita/tconsultation.nsf/x/59FA91794F84147485257FAF00641673?opendocument
And the documents posted online during the peer review, public comment period: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0684
Draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys
EPA is initiating tribal consultation on the draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys for tribal review and comment. This is an update to the 1998 guidance.
NOTE! Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time: The ONLY Webinar on Draft Guidance for Conducting Fish Consumption Surveys. To register for the webinar click on the following link:
And to join the webinar even if you haven't registered, go to:http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fishprogram/. Simply type your name and click the ‘Enter Room’ button to join the webinar. You will also need to call in; please dial 1-866-299-3188, conference code 202-566-2083.
The draft guidance is accessible at https://www.epa.gov/fish-tech/guidance-conducting-fish-consumption-surveys
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended
Stay updated on EPA activities in implementing the newly amended TSCA!
TSCA is the primary U.S. law for chemicals management, especially chemicals that are in products manufactured or imported for sale in consumer products, such as furniture, paint, cleaning products, clothing, air fresheners, and such. The new major amendment was passed by Congress and on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. TSCA was originally passed in 1976.
First Year Implementation Plan: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act-2 Check out this site to see what EPA has to get done in the first year after the law was signed on June 22, 2016.