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The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 grants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to mandate reporting, record-keeping, testing requirements, and restrictions for chemical substances and/or mixtures.

It’s important to note that TSCA excludes certain substances, such as food, drugs, cosmetics, and pesticides. This comprehensive legislation covers the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint.

We also encourage you to explore the TSCA Inventory, which allows you to access select toxic substance data directly from the TSCA database. This powerful tool enables you to gather relevant information for your specific needs to assist you in making informed decisions and promote a safer environment.

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Safety & Regulation Information


Learn more about the disposal of waste materials that are regulated at the federal level in the U.S. under the TSCA.

What is the TSCA?

The term “TSCA waste disposal” refers to the disposal of waste materials regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the United States. TSCA is a federal law that gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, processing, distribution, use, and disposal of chemical substances in the country.

Under TSCA, certain chemical substances are subject to regulation to ensure that they are used and disposed of in a manner that does not pose unreasonable risks to human health or the environment. TSCA applies to a wide range of chemical substances, including those used in industrial processes, consumer products, and other applications.

Key points related to TSCA waste disposal include:

  • Identification of Regulated Substances: TSCA allows the EPA to identify and regulate chemical substances that present unreasonable risks. This includes substances that may be hazardous during their production, use, or disposal.
  • Regulation of PCBs: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of chemicals that are subject to TSCA regulations. PCBs were commonly used in electrical equipment, hydraulic systems, and other applications. TSCA establishes specific requirements for the disposal of PCBs.
  • Regulation of Asbestos: TSCA grants the EPA authority to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution, use, and disposal of asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials are subject to specific handling and disposal requirements under TSCA.
  • Notification and Reporting Requirements: TSCA may require manufacturers and processors of certain chemical substances to provide information to the EPA, including data on production volume, use, and disposal practices. This information helps the EPA assess potential risks and take appropriate regulatory actions.
  • Enforcement: The EPA enforces TSCA regulations to ensure compliance with the law. Violations of TSCA requirements, including improper disposal practices, can result in penalties and enforcement actions.

When dealing with waste materials regulated under TSCA, it is important for industries and entities to be aware of and comply with TSCA disposal requirements to prevent environmental contamination and protect public health. The disposal of TSCA-regulated waste often involves following specific procedures and, in some cases, obtaining approval from the EPA. As regulations may evolve, it is advisable to check with the EPA or other relevant authorities for the most current information on TSCA waste disposal requirements.