Keller and Heckman Counsel David Fischer Quoted in Chemical Watch Article
Keller and Heckman Counsel David Fischer was quoted in the Chemical Watch article “US EPA outlines TSCA goals in four-year draft strategic plan.” The article discusses the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) goal of finishing eight Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluations per year by the end of the 2026 financial year. However, some industry officials doubt that the agency can meet this goal by the deadline due to other chemical programs that may take attention away from this one, along with amendments that call for the agency to work on a minimum of 20 evaluations simultaneously. As David points out, “it’s just too much for the [EPA] staff to handle at this point.” Yet, if successful, this new objective may change the EPA’s process by encouraging agency leaders to adapt a rolling review process, instead of handling large batches of chemicals at once. This, in turn, should allow the public to have access to a greater amount of chemical safety information.
The agency is accepting comments on their draft plan until November 12, 2021.
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