U.S. EPA Releases Annual Plan for Risk Evaluations

Posted on: February 12, 2018

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM 

Under Section 26(n) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) must publish an annual plan that: 

  • “identifies the chemical substances for which risk evaluations are expected to be initiated or completed that year and the resources necessary for their completion”; 
  • “describes the status of each risk evaluation that has been initiated but not yet completed”; and, 
  • if the schedule for completion of a risk evaluation has changed, “includes an updated schedule for that risk evaluation”. 

On January 31, 2018, EPA announced the release of the 2018 Annual Plan for Chemical Risk Evaluations under TSCA.  The plan has been posted on the Agency’s website, to which we’re providing a link below.  This plan discusses the initial list of ten chemical substances for which EPA had previously initiated risk evaluations and published scope documents under TSCA Section 6(b). 

{ Recommended Action Items }

  • Review the 2018 Annual Plan.   
  • If you manufacture, import, process, or use any of the ten chemical substances discussed, review the corresponding scope documents. 
  • Consider submitting available data to EPA to inform the Agency’s risk evaluations.   
  • Continue to watch this space for information regarding new developments under TSCA. 


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  “2018 Annual Plan for Chemical Risk Evaluations under TSCA.”


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