Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.
One rarely gets to use the words “elegant” and “Federal Register notice” in the same sentence. But that’s the best way to describe the notice EPA published yesterday. The notice states EPA will now review all confidentiality claims for chemical identity in health and safety studies, and announces to companies making such claims that they should expect soon thereafter to get a letter from EPA denying the claim.
In a concise and clearly reasoned notice, EPA sweeps away decades of poor policy and practice at the agency that was at odds with the clear intent of Congress under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).