EPA Issues Draft Part 2 of Risk Evaluation for Asbestos for Public Comment

EPA Washington DC

On April 15th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation for Asbestos, Part 2, inviting public comment. This part focuses on evaluating legacy uses and associated disposals of asbestos, including various fiber types like chrysotile asbestos. Legacy uses refer to instances where manufacturing or distribution has ceased but asbestos may still be present, such as in floor tiles and insulation. EPA has preliminarily found that disturbing asbestos in these contexts poses unreasonable health risks.

A public webinar to discuss the risk evaluation will be held on May 13, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. ET, with an opportunity for participants to share comments. Those interested in providing feedback during the webinar are encouraged to email Chloe Durand (Durand.Chloe@epa.gov) by May 7, 2024.

Environmental Information Association Managing Director, Brent Kynoch, has registered for the webinar and will submit comments on behalf of the Environmental Industry Association.

Click here to register for the webinar. Click here to read the risk evaluation. For the full text of the EPA announcement, click here.