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EPA Requests Public Comments on TSCA Petition

July 15, 2009 - EPA has published a Federal Register Notice ackowledging receipt of our petition to ban lead wheel weights and has opened a 15 day comments period. Comments are due by July 30, 2009. During this comment period anyone can submit comments in support of the the lead wheel weight ban. In addition, EPA has requested additional information on several specific subjects(see below).

To file electronic comments go to: http://www.regulations.gov
Then enter EPA Docket Number: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0467 in the search box.
Follow directions for submitting comments or documents into the official docket.

Comments by mail:
Document Control Office (7407M)
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Washington, DC 20460-0001

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In particular, EPA seeks information on the following:

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Environmentalist, Health Groups Petition EPA to Ban Lead Weights

May 28, 2009 - The Ecology Center, Sierra Club and broad coalition of groups have filed a formal petition asking EPA to ban the use of lead wheel weights in the U.S. starting in January 1, 2011. If the petition is accepted, EPA will open up a comment period during which comments in support of the petition may be filed with EPA. Read Press Release

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2009 TSCA Peition Documents:

On May 17, 2005 the Ecology Center filed a previous citizens petition under the federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) asking EPA to develop rules which would ban the sale of lead wheel weights in the U.S. The petition, which received support from the Governor of Maine; state officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin; and the Steel Manufacturers Association, could have led to the establishment of a national lead wheel weight phase-out timeline. However, on August 8, 2005 EPA rejected the petition citing inadequate information on exposure and risk associated with lead wheel weights. The previous petition and supporting documents are listed below.