US Government Accountability Office Recommends More Aggressive TSCA Efforts by US EPA

    View Authors May 2013
    On April 29, 2013 the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report critiquing the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and recommending that EPA take more aggressive steps under TSCA to achieve the agency’s goal of ensuring the safety of chemicals. The GAO report, “EPA Has Increased Efforts to Assess and Control Chemicals, but Could Strengthen Its Approach,” recognized that EPA has made important progress under TSCA since 2009 but concluded that the agency needs to do more to collect needed toxicity and exposure data from chemical manufacturers and processors, as well as more aggressively conduct chemical risk assessments and risk management actions.