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Toxic Substances Control Act

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The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 provides EPA with the authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. TSCA addresses the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint in the manufacturing of consumer products. The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Pollution Prevention Act are managed under the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Under these laws, the EPA evaluates new and existing chemicals along with their risks, in order to find ways to prevent or reduce pollution before it gets into the environment.
The EPA also offers assistance to make sure that companies are in compliance with the directive. Among the assistance is the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Hotline which is available at 202-554-1404 and provides technical assistance and information about the programs that are implemented under the TSCA directive. The EPA also offers assistance in Toxic Substances Control Act Compliance Monitoring and Waste, Chemical, and Cleanup Enforcement.

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