SUPPORTS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING
Creates a positive and predictable business environment
It provides regulatory certainty to businesses throughout the value chain, from raw material producers to retailers, with a strong national chemical regulatory program.
EPA decisions will be based on risk, meaning that hazards, use, and exposure will be considered when determining if a chemical can be used safely, ensuring decisions are consistent with real-world circumstances.
Strengthens transparency and quality of science so EPA decisions are more credible
EPA must use the best-available science and the weight of the evidence to make decisions, meaning the greatest weight will be given to the highest-quality and most relevant studies.
EPA’s work must be available to the public, Congress, and the regulated community for comment.
Creates a strong national chemical regulatory system that facilitates interstate commerce and protects all American families, while acknowledging the role of states
EPA’s final decisions will preempt existing and future state regulations.
Preemption of state restrictions will be limited to the scope of EPA risk evaluations.
Any state prohibition or restriction of a chemical enacted before April 22, 2016, and any other state law enacted before August 31, 2003, will not be preempted.
States must “pause” efforts to enact new chemical restrictions while EPA conducts a risk evaluation unless the state first obtains a waiver from EPA. This “pause” will not apply to Work Plan Chemicals or manufacturer requests.
States may seek waivers from the preemptive effect of the “pause” if a state has made significant progress toward regulating a chemical EPA is evaluating and from final EPA decisions.
State reporting, monitoring, and other information requirements and state actions under existing traditional air and water quality laws are not preempted.
Protects important manufacturer priorities
Industry can request that EPA complete a risk evaluation on a limited number of specific chemicals if the manufacturer covers costs (100 or 50 percent depending on the chemical) in order to obtain a clear EPA decision about a chemical’s safety and address any customer or consumer questions.
EPA will consider costs and benefits when developing regulations or restrictions on chemicals, but EPA will not consider costs when determining if a chemical meets the safety standard.