Toxic Substances Management
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) provides EPA with the authority to require reporting, record keeping, testing; to impose restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures; and to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. TSCA addresses the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint (LBP). Versar has extensive experience with the assessment, mitigation, management, and remediation of these toxic substances.
Versar’s subject matter specialists have successfully developed, implemented, and completed more than 1,700 asbestos, LBP, radon, mold, pesticide, and PCB hazard management programs throughout the continental US and internationally. We provide complete hazard management services, including:
- Industrial hygiene inspections, testing, and analytical services
- Laboratory analysis of bulk samples for asbestos or lead content
- Field analysis of LBP by portable X-ray fluorescence detection
- PCB and sampling and analysis plans for onsite transformers or those requiring disposal
- Identification and development of hazard assessments
- Quantifications of contaminated materials
- Development of abatement cost estimates
- Coordination of abatement and building remediation, including closeout certification
- Preparation of operations and maintenance programs
Versar's experts in these toxic substances serve clients who are buying, selling, developing, and managing real estate; and Department of Defense (DoD) customers who are assessing, evaluating, improving, or decommissioning homes, offices, and related facilities on federal installations associated with privatization. When clients evaluate property for acquisition or when they undertake redevelopment of property, it is common to identify asbestos, LBP, PCBs, pesticides, mercury-containing light switches, or mold issues. Versar consultants provide assistance in recognizing these issues and helping our customer address them so they can comply with environmental regulations, DoD instructions, and facilitate business risk management decisions.
Legislative Changes and Modernization of TSCA
Of particular importance in 2014 and beyond is the anticipated revision to TSCA, which is intended to move its regulatory provisions into the 21st century. The reform will likely address new technology developments and scientific advancements and will help EPA better evaluate and approve chemicals for safe use in industry and products. Because of the weaknesses of current TSCA regulations to address today’s situations effectively, many states have developed and implemented their own programs, policies, and regulations leading to contradictory outcomes and compliance confusion.
In November 2013, Congress examined Senate Bill S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CISA), historic compromise legislation that attempts to update the industry-acknowledged shortcomings of TSCA. Industry leaders are confident that CSIA will help ensure chemicals can be used safely in the US while maintaining the country’s competitive advantage. The passage of CSIA and/or amendments to TSCA will likely lead to changes and new requirements in areas such as chemical action plans, confidential business information, chemical data reporting, chemical prioritization, and risk assessment.
Versar's highly-qualified staff of scientists, engineers, risk assessors, and toxics specialists provide a broad range of services from safety assessments to toxicological evaluations and risk assessments in support of CISA and TSCA. We routinely perform toxics abatement studies; oversee remediation of mold, lead-based paint, and PCBs; and provide related services like indoor air quality evaluations. Taking early actions to respond appropriately and positively to the impacts of regulatory changes are the best way to mitigate these problems. Versar consultants offer mitigation services that reduce your regulatory issues and put your company in the most advantageous position possible to meet these requirements – today.