Friday, August 13, 2010

EPA Proposes Changes to TSCA Reporting Requirements

The move to strengthen TSCA, or at least the move to more fully utilize the current authority given to EPA under TSCA, took another step this week as EPA proposed changes to the TSCA Inventory Update Rule (IUR) reporting requirements.  The changes would increase public disclosure by limiting what companies can protect as confidential, as well as increase the amount and frequency of data submitted.  The new changes would also require the submission of these data electronically.

According to EPA, "this information helps the agency determine whether chemicals may pose risks to people or the environment."

“Enhanced reporting on the production and use of chemicals will help give the American people greater access to information on the chemicals to which their children and families are exposed every day,” said Steve Owens, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The proposal being announced today will allow the agency to more effectively and expeditiously identify and address potential chemical risks and improve the information available to the public on chemicals most commonly used in commerce.”
Commenting on the proposed rule is open until October 25, 2010, and if finalized in time would be effective for the next IUR reporting period schedule for June 1 - September 30, 2011.

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