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January 22, 2015

EPA Grants BRAG Petition Requesting Partial CDR Exemptions for Biodiesel Products


On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) granted a petition from the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy
Group (BRAG®)
to add “biodiesel” as a chemical category for partial reporting
exemption at 40 C.F.R. Section 711.6(b)(2)(iv) under the Chemical Data
Reporting (CDR) rule and will be proceeding with a direct
final rule to be published later in January
. The approved biodiesel
category on the partial reporting exemption list will include the following chemicals:

  • Fatty acids, C14-18 and
    Cl6-18-unsatd., Me esters (Chemical Abstract Services Registry Number
    (CASRN) 67762-26-9);


  • Fatty acids, Cl6-18 and
    C-18-unsatd., Me esters (CASRN 67762-38-3);


  • Fatty acids, canola oil, Me
    esters (CASRN 129828-16-6);


  • Fatty acids, com oil, Me esters
    (CASRN 515152-40-6);


  • Fatty acids, tallow, Me esters
    (CASRN 61788-61-2); and


  • Soybean oil, Me ester (CASRN

As a result of EPA’s decision to grant the petition, manufacturers
and importers of these chemicals will not have to compile and report the
processing and use information under Part III of the CDR Form U for the
upcoming 2016 CDR reporting cycle, or future CDR reporting cycles. By EPA’s
estimate, this equates to a savings of more than 80 hours and $5,500 per
report. More importantly, this action results in equitable regulatory reporting
burdens of chemical substances of comparable release and exposure potential,
and avoids EPA providing regulatory relief to one subset of diesel products
over another.

BRAG’s Executive Director Kathleen M. Roberts stated: “I am
pleased that BRAG’s quick and decisive actions in identifying the diminished
CDR reporting obligations that the rules allow proved successful. Knowing the
TSCA regulatory landscape was key to our success. We will continue to identify
other opportunities to leverage favorable regulatory outcomes that our clear
understanding of the rules makes possible.”

As with all the chemicals currently afforded partial exemption
status, the biodiesel chemicals would no longer be eligible for the partial
reporting exemption if they were to become the subject of a Section 4, 5(a)(2),
5(b)(4), or 6 rule (proposed or final), an enforceable consent agreement, a
Section 5(e) order, or relief granted under a civil action under Section 5 or

For more information or to join BRAG, contact Kathleen M. Roberts
at or
(443) 964-4653. BRAG is managed by B&C®
Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM)