Specific problems include "a flawed chemical selection process" and a "lack of an effective communication strategy." The IG also specifically pointed at the lack of industry effort, "who chose not to voluntarily collect and submit information," as well as EPA's "decision not to exercise its regulatory authorities" under TSCA to "compel data collection."
The IG report recommends that EPA should design and implement a new process that:
- identifies the chemicals with highest potential risk to children
- applies the TSCA regulatory authorities as appropriate for data collection
- interprets results and disseminates information to the public, and
- includes outcome measures that assure valid and timely results.
The full report from the EPA's Inspector General can be downloaded here.