Agency will propose limitations on use of substances after identifying variables
EPA is taking steps to carry out requirements in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act and to reduce exposure to certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals.
The five chemicals to receive expedited action are:
Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE), used as a flame retardant in textiles, plastics and polyurethane foam;
Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), used in the manufacture of rubber compounds and lubricants and as a solvent;
Pentachlorothio-phenol (PCTP), used as an agent to make rubber more pliable in industrial uses;
Tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate, used as a flame retardant in consumer products and other industrial uses; and
2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol, used as a fuel, oil, gasoline or lubricant additive.
The statutory deadline for EPA to propose action is June 22, 2019.