PMN Review and Orders — A Conversation with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
This week, we are re-releasing my conversation with Dr. Richard E. Engler, Director of Chemistry for B&C and The Acta Group (Acta®), our consulting affiliate, originally recorded in April. We discussed then a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of a Consent Order under Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As listeners may know, judicial challenges to TSCA Section 5(e) orders are rare, and this one is even more unusual because the petitioner is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and the challenge was filed well beyond the statutory period for judicial challenge. We discuss TSCA Section 5(e) orders, the process for challenging them, and some of the underlying issues at play here, including the concept of “chemical categories” under TSCA Section 5, concerns with EPA’s new chemicals review process, and EPA’s assessment and communication of risk in the new chemicals it reviews under Section 5. The topic is as lively now as it was earlier this year.
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