- August 16, 2018
EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Rule Largely Implemented as Intended, but Opportunities for Improvement Exist
As required by the TSCA, the EPA is
using CDR data to help assess the
risks of chemicals in U.S. commerce. In this recently published report it was determined that the EPA is
implementing the risk evaluation
process as outlined in its TSCA Work
Plan to assess chemicals for human health and environmental risks.
In addition, the EPA uses tools such as on-site inspections to monitor companies’
compliance with the CDR Rule, and the agency takes enforcement action when
violations are identified.
However, it was noted that while the EPA conducts data
quality checks of the chemical information submitted by companies every
4 years, the agency lacks documented policies and procedures that specify how
to select and conduct these data quality checks. Policies and procedures would
help the EPA implement future data quality checks that meet its information
needs, as well as help prevent the possible loss of institutional knowledge during
periods of staff turnover or absence.
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