From an article published by Bloomberg BNA – A proposed settlement that would see the last official sources of short-chained chlorinated paraffins in the US removed.

The Environmental Protection Agency Aug. 22 announced a proposed settlement of a Toxic Substances Control Act case that would eliminate all major sources of U.S. production or importation of short-chain chlorinated paraffins, chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic to aquatic life (United States v. INEOS Chlor Americas Inc., D. Del., No. 1:12-cv-01058,proposed consent decree filed 8/21/12).

According to Section 3 and Section 5 of TSCA, any chemical not included on the TSCA inventory of compounds that are or have been on the U.S. market is considered a new chemical. New chemicals may not be made in or imported into the United States until a PMN has been submitted to EPA and the agency has not objected to its production or importation.

Short-chain chlorinated paraffins are being reviewed by countries to determine whether they should be added to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which seeks to eliminate or restrict persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals (33 CRR 1031, 10/19/09).

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