Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was established in 1976 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This act manages and restricts the use of toxic chemical substances and their mixtures. Managing includes production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals. This act is primarily known for its affiliation with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint. However, the list is not limited to these materials.

TSCA also requires importers and exporters of chemical substance, mixtures or articles to either certify that the chemical substances comply with TSCA or are not subject to TSCA. Certain chemicals are excluded and certain chemicals require no certification. Anyone at Emory having questions about this requirement should contact EHSO.

Any toxic materials covered under TSCA cannot go into the regular (landfill) trash and must be disposed of through EHSO or an Emory-approved vendor.