American Chemistry Council critical of EPA's proposal to ban trichloroethylene, citing its industrial utility and questioning the underlying science of the agency's risk assessment; group also calls for longer comment periods for TSCA rule making

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October 24, 2023 (press release) –

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2023) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to ban the use of trichloroethylene (TCE):

“TCE has several important uses in packaging and formulation, and as a solvent, where small amounts are used. If EPA decides to move forward with restrictions on consumer uses of TCE, it is important that it does not unnecessarily restrict valuable industrial uses.

“We are also concerned that the proposed rule is inconsistent with the underlying science. The Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) also raised concerns regarding the science during its review of EPA’s risk characterization of trichloroethylene (TCE). 

“EPA must base its risk management proposals on the best available science, including accurate assessments of exposure. Among other things, where uses of chemistries have decreased over time, this must be reflected in EPA’s underlying risk assessment, because decreased use reduces potential exposure. Here, for example, in the underlying risk assessment, EPA’s exposure assessments were not realistic or reflective of current industrial hygiene practices.

“We call on EPA to provide at least 60-day comment periods on all TSCA risk management rulemakings going forward, as it is clear that 45 days is insufficient to reach stakeholders in value chains who need to identify and comment on their uses.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.



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