The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a far-reaching statute that gives the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad authority to regulate, require testing, require recordkeeping, and reporting related to virtually all chemicals produced or imported into the United States.
TSCA regulations can apply to manufacturers, processors, and distributors of chemical substances including requirements related to:
- Pre-manufacture Notification
- Health and Safety Data Reporting Rules and
- Chemical Information Rules
Many facilities find TSCA compliance requirements to be particularly complex, and are unaware that the regulatory program can affect virtually every business. The complexity causes TSCA requirements to frequently be overlooked. Your facility should be aware that EPA imposes significant penalties when it uncovers instances of noncompliance. To help you avoid this circumstance, rely on the experience of our environmental staff to guide you in your efforts.
Compliance and Enforcement
The EPA conducts compliance monitoring of regulated operations (facilities, activities, and entities) pursuant to TSCA.
New and Existing Chemicals Program
Compliance monitoring involves reviewing a facility’s compliance with the regulations that apply to operations that manufacture, import, export, distribute, use, process, and/or dispose of chemicals.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are regulated under TSCA Section 6(e) and related regulations are found at 40 CFR Part 761. Compliance activities monitor the storage or disposal of waste PCBs, including the proper management of PCBs through prescribed or approved handling, marking, and storage and disposal methods, and clean-up of PCB spills.
Title II Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Program (Asbestos in Schools Program)
The Title II Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Program governs the management of asbestos in Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools.
Lead-Based Paint Program
The EPA monitors compliance with three major Lead-Based Paint Program regulations under TSCA Subchapter IV and Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.
The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act added TSCA Subchapter VI to reduce emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products by establishing formaldehyde emissions limits for domestic or imported hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured in the United States.