The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) reports that the EPA seeks to add nonylphenols to its Toxics Release Inventory Reporting. According to the AHMP and the EPA, nonylphenols have “both the toxicity and the potential to create “a significant adverse effect on the environment of sufficient seriousness,” to mandate inclusion on their list.” The EPA also asserts that they are a common contaminant in water, are highly toxic to aquatic life, are bio-accumulative and environmentally persistent, and are potential endocrine disruptors.
According to the AHMP, the EPA will “include them on a priority list of chemicals singled out for risk assessments and considered regulations, and will restrict their new uses.” Nonylphenols are currently found in some soaps and detergents. According to the AHMP, use of nonylphenols in liquid soaps and detergents will cease by 2013, and by 2014, use will cease in powdered soap-products.
More information regarding the EPA’s take on nonylphenols, including its “Nonylphenol Action Plan” is available here.