US EPA begins endocrine review process for 109 more chemicals

14 June 2013 19:02  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday launched a 30-day public review of data collection for a new list of chemicals that may qualify as endocrine disruptors, including the first commercial chemicals other than pesticides.

The agency said it had sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its formal request for approval of its data collection plan affecting 109 chemical substances.

OMB must approve all federal regulatory actions.

The 109 substances selected for endocrine disruption screening includes 68 commercial chemicals, the first non-pesticide products to come under the screening programme.

The other 41 substances on the list are pesticide active ingredients, the EPA said.

This is the second listing of substances for endocrine screening.

Among the 68 commercial chemicals on the second list are butanol, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and methanol.

The initial review list of 67 chemicals was issued in April 2009, screening orders were issued in October that year, and endocrine effect testing is now under way, the EPA said.

The EPA’s data collection plan for this second list of suspect substances is subject to a 30-day public review, followed by the OMB’s own internal consideration of the plan.  The timeline for the OMB review is uncertain.

When the OMB review is completed, the EPA will then begin issuing testing orders to the manufacturers or importers of the 109 listed chemicals.

By: Joe Kamalick
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