EPA identified five PBT chemicals for expedited action in 2016, following criteria outlined in section 6(h) of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and issued a proposed rule in 2019. As required under TSCA, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA issued five final rules on January 6, 2021 to reduce exposures to certain chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). These chemicals build up in the environment over time and as a result, can have potential risks for exposed populations, including the general population, consumers and commercial users, and susceptible subpopulations (such as workers, subsistence fishers, tribes and children).
In March 2021, EPA announced a 60-day public comment period to collect additional input on these final rules. Additionally, EPA issued a temporary 180-day “No Action Assurance” indicating that the agency will exercise its enforcement discretion regarding the prohibitions on processing and distribution of PIP (3:1) for use in articles, and the articles to which PIP (3:1) has been added in order to ensure that the supply chain of these important articles is not interrupted while
EPA continues to collect the information needed to best inform subsequent regulatory efforts and allow for the issuance of a final agency action to extend the March 8, 2021, compliance date as necessary.
The links below will take you to the final rules for the BPTs.
The uses, identified actions, and risk management for each of the five BPTs can be found here.