The Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing a pair of regulations drafted to boost oversight of dangerous chemicals, they agency said Friday.
The rules include a years-old initiative to compile a federal “chemicals of concern” list and confidentiality rules for new chemical submittals. The regulations were being pursued under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EPA officials deemed the rules “no longer necessary,” according to a statement citing other steps taken to further the same goals.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) heralded the decision to pull the regulations back.
“The proposals were rendered unnecessary when EPA wisely chose to adopt a better approach for prioritizing chemicals and reviewing claims for confidential chemical information under TSCA,” the ACC said in a statement.
Sent to the White House in 2010, the chemicals of concern rule would have added bisphenol A (BPA) and a host of other chemicals to the EPA’s list of substances that present unreasonable safety risks to the public and the environment.