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January 5, 2024

EPA Releases Peer Review Comments on White Paper for Asbestos Part 2 Risk Evaluation

On December 28, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released comments from the letter peer review for its 2023 white paper presenting EPA’s quantitative approach for the human health risk assessment for part 2 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation for asbestos. EPA notes in its December 28, 2023, press release that under the previous Administration, it narrowed the scope of the asbestos risk evaluation by reviewing only ongoing uses and...
October 19, 2023

EPA Publishes Instructions for Reporting Asbestos Data

On October 16, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of reporting instructions for entities required to report on their use of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA’s July 25, 2023, final rule requires manufacturers (including importers) or processors of asbestos between 2019 and 2022 with annual sales above $500,000 (combined with their parent company) in any of those years to report exposure-related information, including...
September 22, 2023

Comments on EPA’s White Paper on Quantitative Human Health Approach to Be Applied in Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2 Due October 2, 2023

On August 3, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of and solicited public comment on the document entitled “White Paper: Quantitative Human Health Approach to be Applied in the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2 — Supplemental Evaluation including Legacy Uses and Associated Disposals of Asbestos” (White Paper) and related charge questions. 88 Fed. Reg. 51309. EPA states that it will be soliciting comments from expert ad hoc reviewers on the...
July 28, 2023

EPA Issues Final TSCA Section 8(a) Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Asbestos

On July 25, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule regarding the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 88 Fed. Reg. 47782. EPA states in its July 6, 2023, press release that under the reporting rule, manufacturers (including importers) or processors of asbestos between 2019 and 2022 with annual sales above $500,000 in any of those years are required to report exposure-related information,...
June 27, 2023

EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Review White Paper to Be Used in the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2 under TSCA

On June 22, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for public nominations of scientific and technical experts to review the “2023 White Paper on the Quantitative Human Health Approach to be Applied in the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2.” 88 Fed. Reg. 40819. EPA states that it will release the white paper for public review and comment in late July 2023 and subsequently submit it for letter peer review. EPA currently anticipates selecting approximately ten...
May 24, 2022

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 24, 2022, that it is extending the public comment period for the April 12, 2022, proposed rule that would prohibit ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos to give stakeholders more time to review the proposed regulation and prepare comments. EPA is extending the comment period an additional 30 days, from June 13, 2022, to July 13, 2022. As reported in our April 7, 2022, memorandum, the proposed rule would ban chrysotile asbestos,...
April 13, 2022

Comments on Proposed Ban of Ongoing Asbestos Uses Due June 13, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on April 12, 2022, to prohibit ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos, the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States. 87 Fed. Reg. 21706. EPA proposes under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and commercial use of chrysotile asbestos in bulk or as part of chrysotile asbestos diaphragms used in the chlor-alkali...
December 20, 2021

EPA Submits TSCA Section 6(a) Rulemaking on Asbestos (Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos) to OMB for Review

On December 16, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on asbestos (part 1: chrysotile asbestos). According to an item in the fall 2021 Unified Agenda, the TSCA Section 6(a) rulemaking is needed to address the unreasonable risks of chrysotile asbestos that were identified in a risk evaluation completed under TSCA Section 6(b). EPA reviewed...
May 13, 2021

EPA Begins Environmental Justice Consultations on Risk Management Rulemakings for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos and PV29

On May 12, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began environmental justice consultations regarding the development of risk management actions under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos and Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). EPA will hold two identical consultation webinars, on June 1, 2021, and June 9, 2021. EPA states that it is offering these repeated sessions to increase opportunities for participation....
February 16, 2021

EPA Seeks Participants for Small Business Review Panel on Risk Management Rulemaking for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on February 11, 2021, that it is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profits to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SER) to provide advice and recommendations to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for asbestos, part 1:  chrysotile asbestos.  The Panel will focus on EPA’s development of a proposed rule to address unreasonable risks identified in EPA’s recently completed Toxic Substances Control...