EPA ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR IMPORTS OF 30 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES

EPA ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR IMPORTS OF 30 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES

A direct final rule imposing import restrictions on 30 chemical substances has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that were the subject of a pre-manufacture notice. This rule requires persons intending to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 30 substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule, to notify the EPA at least 90 days prior to commencing that activity. This notification will provide the EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.

The 30 substances that are subject to this rule are used in fuel additives, solvent-based paints and inks, coatings, surface active agents, polymers, cleaners, consumer products, sealed batteries, pesticides, hydrofluorocarbons, liquid soaps, reaction processes and industrial adhesives.

These chemical substances must by certified by the Importer that they comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including any significant new use rule requirements.

Additionally, any persons who export or intend to export any of these chemical substances are subject to the export notification provisions of 15 USC 2611(b) and must comply with the export notification requirements in 40 CFR part 707, subpart D.

This rule will be effective as of December 1, unless written adverse or critical comments (or notice of intent to submit such) are received by November 2, 2015, in which case the EPA will withdraw the relevant sections of this rule before its effective date.

Interested parties can learn more about these 30 products by following the link provided below:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0388-0023