The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws

Environmental Laws

Toxic Substances Control Act

15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.; 40 C.F.R.Part 700

Regulates the use and disposal of certain chemicals, including PCBs used in electrical transformers. Must comply with regulations concerning use, service, storage, and disposal of transformers containing PCBs. The Act requires the identification, inventory, marking and quarterly inspection of PCB transformers. The quarterly inspection reports must be maintained. See 40 C.F.R. § 761.180.

For information on lead based paint rules as they apply to university housing see the page titled Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.


The Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (2016) provides for the following:

  • Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;
  • Risk-based chemical assessments;
  • Increased public transparency for chemical information; and
  • Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under the new law.


Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act 





updated mlo 8-24-18