US EPA issues more previously confidential chem health studies

28 November 2011 21:39  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday disclosed hundreds of previously private chemical analysis studies as part of the agency’s ongoing campaign to reduce manufacturers’ claims for confidential business information (CBI).

The EPA said with the several hundred chemical studies being made public on Monday, the agency has disclosed more than 1,000 health and safety studies concerning 577 formerly confidential chemical identities since the beginning of 2009.

The health and safety studies typically are produced or commissioned by chemicals manufacturers for submission to the EPA in keeping with requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Under that law, producers may request and sometimes are granted anonymity for those substances that they consider confidential business information.

Since beginning the disclosure policy in 2009, the EPA has asked chemical companies with existing CBI claims to review the necessity for those confidentiality protections and to relinquish them whenever possible.

The agency also said it is increasing scrutiny of CBI claims for new chemicals and related studies.

The health and safety studies being made available to the public as of Monday can be accessed through the agency’s chemical data access tool.

In similar disclosure actions earlier this year, the EPA disclosed health and safety studies on 150 chemical substances in June and for 42 substance-related studies in March.

The health and safety studies typically relate to chemicals or substances found in end-user consumer items such as air fresheners, non-stick and stain-resistant materials, fire retardants, personal care products and others.

By: Joe Kamalick
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