In March 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a list of 83 “work plan” chemicals that the agency has selected for priority review and is targeting for risk assessments and possible risk management actions in the next few years. The EPA selected the chemicals through a two-step process based on a number of factors such as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) characteristics, carcinogenicity, and exposure to children and consumers. On January 9, 2013, EPA released draft risk assessments on the first five of these priority chemicals, and the agency is currently reviewing public comment on the drafts. EPA also has identified a numbers of chemicals for which it will be conducting risk assessments during 2013 and 2014. This article, by Squire Sanders of counsel Stephen A. Owens and published in Law360, discusses the risk assessments and EPA’s strategy for addressing the “work plan” chemicals.
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