By Alexandra Dapolito Dunn
Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
I believe strongly that we must provide for the fullest possible public participation in all of our decision making. In addition, when new information comes to light or is made public, we want to ensure that the public has the opportunity to review and provide input to the agency before a final decision is made.
Last November, we issued a draft risk evaluation for Pigment Violet (PV29) under the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) for public comment. At that time, 24 studies that informed our draft decision were deemed Confidential Businesses Information (CBI) by the companies that provided them.
Last month, that changed. The companies revised most of their confidentiality claims which allowed us to post 24 studies on our website.
While we provided a summary of the documents at the time, the public did not have the opportunity to review this information before submitting their comments on the draft risk evaluation. We’re also releasing updated systematic review documents for PV29—a tool that guides our review and selection of scientific studies used to evaluate chemicals. We made these updates based on public input we received during the initial comment period.
We are committed to being transparent about chemical information as we work to develop risk evaluations under TSCA. In light of the new and updated information we’ve recently released, we will be reopening the public comment on the draft risk evaluation for PV29. It is important that the public have the opportunity to provide input on all of the information EPA is considering before our risk evaluation is finalized, so we invite you to provide us with your feedback. The public comment period will reopen for 30 days following publication in the Federal Register.
For more information see: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-evaluation-pigment-violet-29-anthra219-def6510 and https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/draft-risk-evaluation-pigment-violet-29.
About the author: Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Prior to this, she served as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 1, and her responsibilities included overseeing the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and ten tribal nations. Read more.