Comments By Richard Engler Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemicals Law Is Top Priority of Trade Group’s New Leadership”
On May 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical regulation process in response to efforts by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) to speed up the process.
[…] A logjam of nearly 800 new chemicals has developed in the EPA’s new chemicals office since the Toxic Substances Control Act was amended June 22, 2016. The agency has authorized only 63 new chemicals and microbes as of April 20 to enter the market without regulation since TSCA was amended, and no regulated new chemicals have been allowed to enter the market since that time.
That compares to the EPA’s prior practice of allowing nearly 80 percent of the 1,000 to 1,500 new chemicals and microbes submitted to enter the market without regulations prior to the amendments, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg BNA.
About 10 percent of the total new chemicals that the EPA reviewed entered the market with some kind of regulation such as a significant new use rule, said Engler, who spent 17 years working with the EPA prior to joining the law firm. […]