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2/11/2021 EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input on Risk Management Rulemaking for Asbestos

Nominate yourself as a Small Entity Representative to the Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos SBAR Panel:

(Lenexa, Kan., February 11, 2021 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profits to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos. The panel will focus on the agency’s development of a proposed rule to address unreasonable risks identified in EPA’s recently completed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation for this chemical.

Under TSCA, EPA is required to evaluate the risks associated with existing chemicals in commerce using the best available science before taking action to address any unreasonable risk. The agency issued a final risk evaluation, Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos, in December 2020, showing unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users (ONUs), consumers, and bystanders under certain conditions of use. EPA is now moving to the risk management step in the TSCA process by working to draft a regulation to protect public health from the unreasonable risks identified in the final risk evaluation.


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