SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting

SUBJECT:             Next SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting

The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet to discuss the topics listed below, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017.  The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Small Business Administration Headquarters, 409 Third Street SW, Eisenhower B Conference Room.  Send RSVP to twaqar@sba.gov.  Please indicate whether you are attending in person, by webconference or by teleconference.  Information will be sent out to you when you RSVP.  We have adopted a casual clothes option for all Roundtable meetings.

 

Draft Agenda

10:00 – 11:00 AM              Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act           

                                              Ryan Schmit, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA 

 

11:00 – 12:00 PM              Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

                               Susana Blair, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA

Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press.  Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to kevin.bromberg@sba.gov.  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.


 

Small Business Environmental Roundtable

Issues for Discussion

February 17, 2017

Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

As a result of the recent amendments to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), on January 17, 2017, EPA proposed to establish a risk-based screening process and criteria to use in identifying chemical substances as either High-Priority Substances for risk evaluation or Low-Priority Substances that will not require a risk evaluation.  Under the amended TSCA, prioritization is the first step in determining whether a chemical (i.e. a High-Priority Substance) presents an unreasonable risk.  The agency’s proposal describes four phases as part of this process: (1) Pre-Prioritization- identifying potential candidates for prioritization, (2) Initiation - selecting a candidate (3) Proposed Designation- screening that candidate against certain criteria, (4) Final Designation -formally initiating the prioritization process.  The proposed rule also includes opportunities for public comment, and proposing and finalizing designations of priority.  Under the new TSCA amendments, EPA is required to finalize the rule by June 2017.  The comment deadline for the proposed rulemaking is March 20, 2017.

Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Also as a result of the recent amendments to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), on January 19, 2017, EPA proposed to establish a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether an existing chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, without the consideration of costs or other non-risk factors.  Risk evaluation is the second step after a rule has been designated as a High-Priority Substance under the prioritization process described above.  The proposed rule describes the components of a risk evaluation process, which include scope, hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and a risk determination.  The proposal also establishes a process to allow chemical manufacturers to request the agency to conduct a risk evaluation.  Under the new TSCA amendments, EPA is required to finalize this rule by June 2017 as well.  The comment deadline for the proposed rulemaking is also the same as the previous rule, on March 20, 2017.

The Office of Advocacy invites all small businesses and their representatives to present their perspectives as well.  To reserve a spot on the agenda, please contact Tabby Waqar at twaqar@sba.gov.