US EPA Releases Problem Formulation Documents for “First Ten” TSCA Risk Evaluations
These documents are only the beginning.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency conducted the first risk evaluations on ten chemical substances. They officially issued problem formulation documents for these risk evaluations under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act. This white paper reviews their findings and the goal the problem formulation effort.
Stephen A. Owens is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs. He focuses his practice on environmental, safety and health issues and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer”. From 2009 until November 30, 2011, Steve served as the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention. Appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, Steve was responsible for managing US regulatory and scientific programs on pesticides and industrial chemicals including nanotechnology and biotechnology under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA); Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA); and other statutes. As Assistant Administrator, Steve was also responsible for many of US EPA’s collaborative pollution prevention programs and the implementation of the federal Pollution Prevention Act (PPA).