On July 21, 2016 the non-profit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report entitled “Under new safety law, 20 toxic chemicals EPA should act on now.” EWG identified ten high priority chemicals that it recommends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act on quickly under the reformed U.S. chemicals legislation, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA; formerly Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA) (FPF reported).

“EWG urges the EPA to begin or complete review and regulate as soon as possible:” 1) Asbestos, 2) perchloroethylene (PERC, CAS 127-18-4), 3) phthalates, 4) bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), 5) chlorinated phosphate flame retardants, 6) brominated flame retardants, 7) tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA, CAS 79-94-7) and related chemicals, 8) 1-bromopropane (1-BP, CAS 106-94-5), 9) bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA, CAS 103-23-1), and 10) p-dichlorobenzene (CAS 106-46-7). EWG also recommends ten further substances that “should be priorities for early action:” 11) Lead (CAS 7439-92-1), 12) formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0), 13) vinyl chloride (CAS 75-01-4), 14) bromoform (CAS 75-25-2), 15) chromium-6, 16) styrene (CAS 100-42-5), 17) arsenic (CAS 7440-38-2), 18) ethylbenzene (CAS 100-41-4), 19) cadmium (CAS 7440-43-9), and 20) 1,4-dioxane (CAS 123-91-1).

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EWG (July 21, 2016). “10 toxic chemicals EPA should reconsider now.EcoWatch

Pat Rizzuto (July 21, 2016). “Chemicals EPA should assess first named by green group.Bloomberg BNA


Walker, B. et al. (2016). “Under new safety law, 20 toxic chemicals EPA should act on now.EWG