By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a petition on June 16, 2022, under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from Daniel M. Galpern on behalf of Donn J. Viviani, John Birks, Richard Heede, Lise Van Susteren, James E. Hansen, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, and Climate Protection and Restoration Initiative. The petition requests EPA “to phase out the anthropogenic manufacture, processing, distribution, use, and disposal of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, fossil fuels, and fossil fuel emissions.” EPA acknowledged receipt of the petition in a July 5, 2022, letter. Under TSCA Section 21, EPA has 90 days to grant or deny the portions of the petition eligible for TSCA Section 21. If EPA grants the petition, then EPA “will promptly commence an appropriate proceeding.” If EPA denies the petition in whole or in part, then it will publish the reasons for denial in the Federal Register.