Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.
On May 12 of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for its review, which is supposed to be completed within 90 days. The proposed rule is not considered a major rule, is classified as “not economically significant,” imposes no unfunded mandates and is unequivocally allowed under EPA’s statutory authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The proposed rule would establish a so-called “chemicals of concern” list and populate it with one chemical and two chemical categories. All of these chemicals are well-studied, already widely identified to be chemicals of significant concern and subject to numerous regulations by governmental bodies both in the U.S. and abroad.
Yet, as of today – more than seven months after receiving the draft of the proposed rule from EPA – OMB has not allowed EPA to release it for public notice and comment.
In 1976, when passing TSCA, Congress gave EPA the express authority to establish and populate a “chemicals of concern” list. There’s simply no excuse for OMB’s delay. Read More