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EPA Proposes Burden Reduction in TSCA Reporting

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.

The proposed amendments include bettering support data collection efforts, requiring confidentiality claims to be substantiated so that they are aligned with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and easing chemical reporting by streamlining complex submissions.

Background Information

Currently, the CDR rule requires that every four years manufacturers (and importers) of specifically listed Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory substances report data on manufacturing, processing and uses.

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Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.

From this data, the EPA then assesses the potential human health and environmental effects.

“CDR not only supports the Agency’s TSCA activities, but can be a helpful tool for states, tribes, industry, nongovernmental organizations and all stakeholders,” said Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn.

“This is a continuing effort in every aspect of our program to ensure that the public has information on chemicals in commerce, that EPA has the information necessary to conduct our chemical reviews, and that reporting burden is minimized and simplified.”

The method was most recently used in the finalizing of the prohibition of the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.

What Now

To aid the development of the proposal, the EPA merged input from a 2017 negotiated rulemaking committee that has since been disbanded for various reasons. However, additional proposal amendments to the CDR rule include:

  • Updating the definition of small entities (small manufacturers) that are exempt from reporting;
  • Adding exemptions for specific byproduct types;
  • Simplifying reporting by allowing manufacturers to use certain processing and data codes already in use as part of international codes developed through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; and
  • Removing outdated rule text and consolidate exemptions.

The EPA will be accepting public comments for 60 days upon publication in the Federal Register of the proposed amendments.

   

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