Tighter rules considered for five Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic chemicals, including. DecaBDE, HBCD and PIP. This follows policy of the new Biden-Harris Administration and a consultation organised Spring 2021 (pinfa Newsletter n°125). PIP (phenol isopropylated phosphate 3:1) is used as a plasticiser and flame retardant. For PIP, the compliance deadline (No Action Assurance) is prolonged because of inadequate information from uses along the value chain. EPA expects to propose new rulemaking on the five chemicals in Spring 2023, probably including additional measures to reduce exposures for susceptible subpopulations and the environment.
“EPA Announces Plan for New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals, Extends Existing Compliance Date to Protect Supply Chains”, US Environmental Protection Agency, 3 September 2021 https://www.epa.gov/chemicals-under-tsca/epa-announces-plan-new-rulemaking-pbt-chemicals-extends-existing-compliance