EPA Proposes Rule to Fund Risk Evaluations under Amended TSCA

Published February 14, 2018

​A new rule proposed by EPA would impose fees on chemical manufacturers and importers to support development of risk evaluations for chemicals, collection and review of toxicity and exposure data, and review of confidential business information. These activities are estimated to cost EPA approximately $80.2 million annually from 2019 through 2021, according to a draft of the rule (PDF) available on the EPA website. The proposed fees are expected to generate about $20 million annually.

Once published in the Federal Register, the proposed fees rule will fulfill one of the requirements of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act. Under the Lautenberg Act, EPA must create a sustainable source of funding to implement the act’s requirements.

The agency is also proposing a separate fee to defray the costs associated with conducting risk evaluations in response to requests from chemical manufacturers. The fees to conduct these evaluations are expected to be $1.3 million and $2.6 million per chemical, depending on whether the chemical in question is on the agency’s TSCA “work plan.” The TSCA work plan prioritizes chemicals for further assessment.

For more information about the Lautenberg Act, visit the EPA website.