ACC announces launch of new tool tracking EPA progress in new chemicals reviews under the Toxic Substances Control Act; resource will be updated monthly using EPA public data sources

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June 20, 2023 (press release) –

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2023) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced a newly created tool tracking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) progress in new chemicals reviews under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

ACC designed the tool to track the lagging progress of EPA’s New Chemicals Program. Updated monthly using EPA public data sources, the tool provides a transparent overview of the total number of new chemicals undergoing TSCA review, the number of new chemicals reviewed within the TSCA-mandated 90-day deadline, and those new chemical reviews exceeding 90 days. ACC’s TSCA new chemicals tool also includes data and findings on premanufacture notices (PMNs) and TSCA Section 5 LVE and LoREX exemptions.

Chris Jahn, President & CEO
New chemistries introduced in the United States continue to face regulatory barriers and uncertainty. ACC’s new tool helps demonstrate the lack of progress EPA is making in conducting timely reviews. These challenges and delays are harming the U.S. economy and hindering American innovation and competitiveness in the global market, particularly against countries like China.

“For the United States to remain a leader in the global race to innovate the products and materials our modern society demands, it is critical for EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Program to be reliable, timely and effective,” said ACC Vice President for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kimberly Wise White. “ACC members are committed to working with EPA to support a New Chemicals Program that’s striving ’to work smarter, not harder’ while utilizing all available science and resources to get the job done.”

ACC’s new tool features several interactive visualizations and analysis highlighting the overall number of new chemicals under TSCA review, premanufacture notices (PMNs) and TSCA Section 5 exemptions.

ACC’s new chemicals analysis and visualizations currently show there are a total of 397 new chemicals currently undergoing TSCA review, 36 have been under review for less than 90 days. The other 361 chemicals remaining in EPA’s review process have been under review for more than 90 days, the backlog.

Chris Jahn, President & CEO
In other words, since January 2021, 91 percent of new chemical submissions are backlogged in the EPA’s new chemicals review process beyond the TSCA-mandated three-month review period. In order for the U.S. to innovate and be a global leader, EPA needs to get the job done right, and on time. EPA’s uncertainty and delays in chemical reviews could have an impact on key Biden administration priorities, including implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the CHIPS Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. We want this tool to encourage more accountability and increased transparency in new chemical reviews.

On June 13, ACC released a new report offering seven chemical management approaches EPA should consider to enhancing U.S. supply chain resiliency and the onshoring of American manufacturing through TSCA implementation. The report includes recommendations on TSCA new and existing chemicals review processes.

For more background on EPA’s TSCA new chemicals review process, visit ACC’s TSCA webpage.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

 

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