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January 5, 2017

Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Quotes Charles M. Auer On Chemical Data Reporting Rule

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On January 5, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Outlook 2017: Amended Chemicals Law Implementation Top Priority,” quoted Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding how Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule information will be used in the future to help prioritize risk evaluations and other chemical regulatory activities.

The EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention has work to do in 2017 beyond the specific mandates of the amended TSCA law.

For example, the Chemical Data Reporting rule required thousands of chemical manufacturers and processors in 2016 to submit production volume, use, exposure data and many other details about their chemical-related manufacturing and use activities in 2015.

Companies had to submit more limited production volume and other information for calendar years 2012-2014.

This information, which the agency typically would release in 2017, is important to the prioritization of chemicals for risk evaluation, a requirement of the TSCA amendments, said Charlie Auer, a senior regulatory and policy advisor with the Washington, D.C.-based Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The increased information that had to be reported in 2016 will give the agency a much better understanding of people’s exposures to chemicals than the agency has had before, Auer told Bloomberg BNA.

The agency also can use this information to determine what additional chemical exposure data may still be required for prioritization, he said. [subscription required]