Washington – The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a draft revised final risk assessment that states 1-bromopropaneas a chemical as a whole, poses an “unreasonable risk” to workers under certain conditions.
According to a review published July 20 Federal Register1-BP – frequently used as a solvent in consumer products – is among the top 10 chemicals being evaluated for potential health and environmental risks under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Law for the 21st Century.
The EPA, which released a final risk assessment for 1-BP in August 2020, found that the substance poses an unreasonable risk to workers involved in various operations, such as domestic manufacturing, importing, processing as a reagent, reconditioning, recycling and use as a cleaning or degreasing solvent.
The revision aligns with the EPA’s June 2021 announcement to change certain aspects of the process under the Lautenberg Act in an effort to ensure that “the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals of a way backed by science and law”.
Corresponding action to that end includes using an “all substance” approach when determining unreasonable risk – rather than basing determinations on separate conditions of use – as well as revising the assumption that personal protective equipment is always provided and worn correctly by workers when taking risks. determinations.
The EPA is also reviewing 1-BP for potential airborne and waterborne hazards, according to an agency press release. The EPA intends to determine if there are “risks that were not considered in the risk assessment” for the chemical.
comments on the draft revised final risk assessment are expected on 19 August.