By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on February 9, 2021, that it will host two webinars intended to educate stakeholders on the risk management process under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the findings in the final risk evaluations for pigment violet 29 (PV29) and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The webinars will also allow the public to provide input on considerations EPA should take into account for managing any unreasonable risks found with these chemicals. The PV29 webinar will be held on February 23, 2021, and the NMP webinar will be held on February 24, 2021. To provide oral comments during the PV29 webinar, registration is due by February 18, 2021. To provide oral comments during the NMP webinar, registration is due by February 19, 2021.
EPA states that it will also hold formal consultations with state and local governments, tribes, environmental justice communities, and small businesses. EPA notes that there will also be an open public comment period on any draft risk management regulation. According to EPA, while outreach and stakeholder engagement on risk management activities for these chemicals will continue to move forward, EPA “is actively reviewing the final risk evaluations to ensure that they use the best available science and protect of human health and the environment, in accordance with the Executive Orders and other direction provided by the Biden-Harris Administration.” EPA “will keep stakeholders updated as decisions are made, and next steps are determined.”