Several weeks ago I noted that OMB had finally finished its review of the Inventory Update Rule (IUR), and today EPA announced that published the rule. This new rule, now called the "Chemical Data Reporting" rule (CDR), increases "the type and amount of information" EPA collects from manufacturers on commercial chemicals. The "improved" rule also "requires that companies submit the information electronically to EPA" in an attempt to streamline the reporting process. It also limits the confidentiality claims that can be made by reporting companies.
According to EPA's press release:
The CDR rule, which falls under the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory update rule (IUR), requires more frequent reporting of critical information on chemicals and requires the submission of new and updated information relating to potential chemical exposures, current production volume, manufacturing site-related data, and processing and use-related data for a larger number of chemicals. The improved information will allow EPA to better identify and manage risks associated with chemicals.
Companies will have to start reporting under the new requirements during the next data submission period, which has been set for February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. EPA had suspended the previous reporting period last May when it became clear that the OMB review would not be complete in time for manufacturers to comply.
Companies will be required to start following the new reporting requirements in the next data submission period, which will occur February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.
The full Chemical Data Reporting rule can be reviewed on EPA's IUR web page.