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Toxic Substances Control Act


Need help with PCBs or other Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) issues?

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(Links on TSCA and other major federal laws)



15 U.S.C. s/s 2601 et seq. (1976)

Enacted by Congress in 1976 to give EPA the ability to track the 75,000 industrial chemicals currently produced or imported into the United States. EPA repeatedly screens these chemicals and can require reporting or testing of those that may pose an environmental or human-health hazard. EPA can ban the manufacture and import of those chemicals that pose an unreasonable risk.

Also, EPA has mechanisms in place to track the thousands of new chemicals that industry develops each year with either unknown or dangerous characteristics. EPA then can control these chemicals as necessary to protect human health and the environment. TSCA supplements other Federal statutes, including the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Toxic Release Inventory under Emergency planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)

Full text of the Toxic Substances Control Act

 TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory  For a small fee Savannah Environmental will check the TSCA public inventory.


The Government Printing Office maintains the official government version of the laws through the GPO Access database structure.

The U.S. Code is the official record of all federal laws and contains the general and permanent laws of the United States. The most recent version of the U.S. Code released in electronic form contains the laws in effect as of January 16, 1996. For more recent laws, please see the uncompiled Public Laws as passed by Congress available through the Thomas Legislative Information Web site.

To search other regulations, please see:

Major Environmental Laws

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA)

Endangered Species Act

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA)

Pollution Prevention Act (PPA)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Major Environmental Laws listing on top level of EPA site


Transformer may contain PCBs and therefore TSCA regulated.

  • Transformers are also subject to oil secondary containment SPCC requirements (40CFR 112).

E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company Settlement
News Release  12/14/2005 - due to failure to submit substantial risk information 8(e)

"Enforcement Alert- August 2008, Vol. 9, No. 

Chemical tank farm and rail car loading
Problems with storage tanks click

SEC audits helped chemical client avoid $112,000 TSCA penalty and manufacturer avoid $192,000 EPCRA penalty under EPA's Audit Disclosure Policy.

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory.
A searchable CD-Rom version of the TSCA Inventory, including SARA Title III data, is available through NTIS, and by calling NTIS at (703)487-4650 or 1-800-553-NTIS.

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