On January 4, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released for public comment draft risk assessments on the first five of the "work plan" chemicals identified for priority review by the agency last year.
In March 2012 US EPA unveiled a list of 83 chemicals that the agency is targeting for risk assessments and possible risk management actions in the next few years. US EPA selected the chemicals based on (i) hazard, (ii) exposure and (iii) potential for persistence and/or bioaccumulation. US EPA had announced that it would be conducting risk assessments on seven of the chemicals during 2012. The risk assessments just released for comment by US EPA address five of those seven chemicals.
Squire Sanders lawyers have prepared a brief discussion of the just-released draft risk assessments and US EPA's strategy for addressing the "work plan" chemicals. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact your primary Squire Sanders lawyer or one of the lawyers listed in this alert.