On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew two proposed rules on toxic chemicals.
One would have designated three classes of chemicals – bisphenol A or BPA, a category of phthalates, and a category of polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs – as “chemicals of concern.” With this listing, EPA could get more information on the chemicals from companies and share it with the public.
The second would have clarified that health and safety studies on pre-market chemicals submitted to the agency can’t be confidential business information, and the studies should be available to the public.
“Despite a clear requirement that White House reviews of draft proposed rules be completed within 90 days, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (which is part of the Office of Management and Budget) sat on these two draft proposals for 1,213 and 619 days, respectively,” said Richard Denison, Ph.D., senior scientist for the EDF. “Faced presumably with the reality that OIRA was never going to let EPA even propose the rules for public comment, EPA decided to withdraw them.”
See the blog article for information on the challenges EPA faces in its attempts to these and other toxic chemicals.