Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.
EPA has just released today the full versions — showing the identities of the chemicals in question — of 41 "substantial risk" notices of health and safety studies it had previously received from companies that had denied the public's right to know those identities by claiming them to be confidential business information (CBI). These notices had been submitted pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). One additional notice of a health and safety study that EPA had received under Section 8(d) of TSCA was also released today with its chemical identified.
What's most significant about today's posting is that it makes publicly available the identities of chemicals associated with health and safety data that:
- the submitting companies themselves believed the data “reasonably supports the conclusion that [the chemical] presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment;” and
- should have been publicly available all along, based on the plain language of TSCA that disallows health and safety studies to be claimed CBI in the first place.