US EPA Announces Initial 7 Chemicals for Risk Assessment - 2012

March 1, 2012

In early 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency released two documents intended to describe the intial set of chemicals - or "Work Plan Chemicals" - that will be assessed and evaluated in regards to risk management. Although only seven chemicals were listed for review in 2012, a total of 83 chemicals have been targeted for future consideration. The documents, "" and "", will raise several concerns for those involved in the production of the chemicals in question.

The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics intend to approach this plan in three ways: 1) risk assessments shall be performed on chemicals that have previously been characterized as hazardous possible coupled with environmental and exposure data; 2) broad based screening of chemicals to determine future priorities for action; 3) make information on chemicals readily available.

In regards to the EPA's first stage, the identification of hazardous chemicals is based on the following criteria: Chemcials that are PBT (persistent bio-accumulative and toxic); chemicals that are known carcinogens; neurotoxicity; chemcials used in the manufacturing of children's products; and whether the chemicals were detected through biomonitoring programs.

The initial seven chemcials released by EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics for 2012 Risk Assessments are as follows:

Antimony and its compounds

1,3,4,6,7,8-Heexahydro4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta [g]-2-benzopyran (HHCB)

Long-chain chlorinated paraffins (C18-20)

Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (C14-17)

Methylene chloride

N-Methylpyrrolidone

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

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