Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule

January 13, 2017 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new proposed rules that would give importers a short window to complete TSCA chemical substances reporting, with the optional retrospective reporting period ending 180 days after these proposed rules become final.  

Any chemical on the TSCA inventory list manufactured or imported within the ten year range of June 21, 2006- June 21, 2016 would be reported to EPA, and EPA would record as "active."  "Active" chemicals will not require advanced notice to manufacture or import.  TSCA chemicals not reported would be listed as "inactive."  

After the retrospective reporting period closes, "Inactive" chemicals will require importers to notify EPA within 30 days of manufacture or importation.  It will be in the best interest of importers and manufacturers to report their chemicals as "active" so they do not end up on the "inactive" list and require reporting which could cause significant business delays.

Should you have any questions on this new proposed rule, please contact your local BDP Regulatory Compliance representative.

Source: The Federal Register, Daily Journal of the US Government