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EPA: Companies can no longer claim chemical confidentiality

January 22, 2010
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has overturned a policy that allowed companies to make a confidential business information (CBI) claim when reporting potentially dangerous chemicals to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Inventory, according to a press release.
According to the release, companies that manufacture, process or distribute chemicals are required to immediately provide notice to the EPA if they learn that a chemical presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment under Section 8(e) of the TSCA.

Under the previous policy, however, companies would often claim CBI to avoid providing the actual identity of the chemical to the public, the release stated.

According to the release, this new action will give the public more identifying information in the Section 8(e) reports, which are published on the EPA website.

This latest move is part of an ongoing effort by the EPA to utilize authority through the TSCA to the fullest extent possible, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.