EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation of Perchloroethylene – Update from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 27, 2020, EPA released the draft risk evaluation of perchloroethylene.  According to EPA, it reviewed 68 conditions of use and preliminarily found unreasonable risk to workers, occupational non-users (ONUs), consumers, bystanders, and the environment from certain uses.  EPA notes that if its final risk evaluation finds there are unreasonable risks associated with perchloroethylene under the specific conditions of use, EPA will propose actions to address those risks within the timeframe required by TSCA.  EPA’s actions could include proposed regulations to prohibit or limit the manufacture, processing, distribution in the marketplace, use, or disposal of perchloroethylene, as applicable.  EPA will publish a notice in the Federal Register, beginning a 60-day comment period.  EPA will also hold a virtual peer review meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) on the draft risk evaluation on May 26-29, 2020.  For our commentary on this risk evaluation, please read the full memorandum. 

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