Proposed EPA Budget Highlights Acceleration of Toxic Chemical Evaluations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a budget for its 2020 fiscal year with an emphasis on chemical review and toxic chemical reduction.
“The Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended, requires the EPA to evaluate whether existing chemicals may pose unreasonable risks and, if so, take immediate steps to protect human health and the environment,” the EPA published in a press release. “The EPA must also affirm that new chemicals entering the market are safe and that appropriate measures are taken to address risks. In FY 2020, this work will accelerate as the agency reaches statutory deadlines to complete the first set of risk evaluations for existing chemicals and begins the next phase of work.”
The proposed budget would also “supplement fees paid by chemical manufacturers and processors,” the release stated.
Other highlights from the budget include focuses on hazardous waste site cleanup, investments in water infrastructure to support drinking and waste water efforts, and support to remove environmental hazards from education facilities.