EPA Publishes Final Rule Requiring Manufacturers to Report on TSCA Chemicals

In June 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final rule for Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This rule establishes the process by which EPA will designate chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory as either “active” or “inactive” in U.S. commerce. Chemical manufacturers of substances on the TSCA Inventory will need to report all substances that were manufactured (including imported) for non-exempt commercial purposes during the 10-year period ending on June 21, 2016. These substances will subsequently be considered active. All substances not reported will be considered inactive, and manufacturers will no longer be able to manufacture or process the substance. EPA is also establishing procedures for forward-looking reporting of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that are designated as inactive, when the manufacturing or processing of such chemicals for nonexempt commercial purposes is expected to resume. For all substances manufactured within the designated 10-year time period, manufacturers will need to report within 180 days from the rule’s publication in the Federal Register (February 7, 2018). To report, manufacturers must access the EPA’s Notice of Activity Forms A and/or B from the Agency’s electronic reporting system. SGIA will continue to follow all TSCA legislation. Sign up to receive the most up-to-date regulatory and legislative information about specialty imaging.
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