American Chemistry Council wants bigger say on new EPA panel

The American Chemistry Council has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to expand its new Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) to include representatives from the chemicals industry, reports Chemical Watch.

The committee has been formed to provide advice and consultation on implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was amended in 2016 by the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. Its work will involve reviewing risk assessments, models, tools, guidance documents, chemical category documents, and other chemical assessment products.

The new SACC currently comprises nine representatives from academia, three from state and federal government, four from industry but not chemical firms, and two from non-governmental organisations.