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February 21, 2024

Preparing for 2024 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting, March 6, 2024, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST), via webinar

The Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD) presents “Preparing for 2024 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting.” During this webinar Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. presenters will offer decision making training on identification of relevant reporting requirements and exemptions for companies and chemical substances. The electronic data reporting system, EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system and its registration requirements will be reviewed, including role management....
January 10, 2024

Registration Open for January 18, 2024, Webinar on CDR Tool Preview and Testing Informational Webinar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar on January 18, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) for an informational webinar to preview the 2024 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) tool and learn how to sign up for and participate in the testing period before the tool is formally launched. Under the CDR rule, manufacturers (including importers) of chemicals listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory that meet specific production...
June 22, 2023

EPA Announces 2024 CDR Deadlines

On June 22, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the 2024 submission period for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule is from June 1, 2024, to September 30, 2024. 88 Fed. Reg. 40816. The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory above an applicable regulatory threshold to report to EPA, every four years, information concerning the manufacturing,...
March 27, 2023

House Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing on EPA’s FY 2024 Budget Request

On March 28, 2023, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As reported in our March 22, 2023, blog item, EPA has posted the justification for its FY 2024 appropriation estimates for the Committee on Appropriations (Congressional Justification (CJ)). According to the CJ, EPA’s...
March 22, 2023

EPA Releases Congressional Justification for FY 2024 Budget

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the justification for its fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriation estimates for the Committee on Appropriations (Congressional Justification (CJ)). According to the CJ, EPA’s FY 2024 budget includes $470.7 million and 1,677 full-time equivalents (FTE) for Objective 7.1, “Ensure Chemical and Pesticide Safety.” The CJ includes the following target dates for actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act...
March 18, 2023

EPA Will Amend CDR Rule and Extend 2020 Submission Period

On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a final rule amending the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule.  According to EPA, the amendments are intended to reduce the burden for certain CDR reporters, improve the quality of CDR data collected, and align reporting requirements with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act’s (Lautenberg Act) amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  EPA...
July 7, 2022

EPA Seeks Input from Small Businesses on Development of Proposed TSCA Data Reporting Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 6, 2022, that it is inviting small businesses to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SER) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel that will focus on EPA’s development of a proposed rule to collect data to inform each step of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation and risk management process. EPA states that the proposed rule would establish a framework of reporting...
May 13, 2022

EPA Publishes 2020 CDR Information

On May 12, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the publication of information collected during the 2020 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycle to increase public awareness of chemicals being manufactured in communities and to enable citizen and stakeholder access and use of the reported information. The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemicals listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory to...
October 27, 2021

EPA Requests Nominations of Individuals with Experience in Systematic Review or Exposures to Fenceline Communities for Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

On October 27, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested public nominations of scientific experts to consider for service as ad hoc reviewers assisting the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) with two peer review topics anticipated for early 2022: the draft EPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Systematic Review Protocol and the draft EPA TSCA Screening Level Approach for Assessing Ambient Air and Water Exposures to Fenceline Communities. 86...
October 15, 2021

EPA Updates Confidential Status of Chemicals on TSCA Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on October 15, 2021, that it is updating the confidential status of 377 chemical identities and will include these chemical identities on the next update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, planned for winter 2022. The TSCA Inventory is a list of all existing chemical substances manufactured, processed, or imported in the United States. According to EPA, the Inventory contains 86,607 chemicals, of which...
August 16, 2021

EPA Posts Summary of Meeting with EDF on Tiered Data Reporting Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on August 5, 2021, to clarify concepts from the July 27, 2021, tiered data reporting (TDR) webinar. EPA’s meeting summary states that EDF representatives requested clarification on the following issues discussed during the webinar: According to the meeting summary, EDF provided additional comments during the meeting, including concern about scaling back CDR; belief that data should be...
July 13, 2021

OCSPP Will Hold Meeting on July 27 on Development of Tiered Data Reporting to Inform TSCA Prioritization, Risk Evaluation, and Risk Management

On July 27, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) will hold a public meeting to engage with interested stakeholders on the development of a proposed rule for implementing a tiered data collection strategy to help inform EPA’s prioritization, risk evaluation, and risk management activities for chemical substances or mixtures under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to EPA, it currently...
July 9, 2021

NGO Files Suit against Three Chemical Importers for Alleged CDR Reporting Violations

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced on June 29, 2021, that it filed suit against three companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for alleged violations of the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. According to CEH, an investigation found that four companies imported 65 chemicals that are subject to reporting under the CDR rule. CEH states that the chemicals “include several recognized carcinogens, including benzene, butadiene, trichloroethylene,...
April 30, 2021

EPA Announces Updates to Confidential Status of Chemicals on the TSCA Inventory

On April 29, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a list of 390 chemicals that it states are “expected to lose their confidential status and move to the public portion of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, furthering the agency’s commitment to data transparency.”  According to EPA, the specific identities of these chemicals were reported as non-confidential during Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycles from the 2012, 2016, and/or...
April 30, 2021

EPA Announces Updates to Confidential Status of Chemicals on the TSCA Inventory

On April 29, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a list of 390 chemicals that it states are “expected to lose their confidential status and move to the public portion of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, furthering the agency’s commitment to data transparency.”  According to EPA, the specific identities of these chemicals were reported as non-confidential during Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycles from the...
March 18, 2021

EPA Announces Settlement Resolving Alleged TSCA Reporting Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 15, 2021, a settlement requiring Western Reserve Chemical Corp. (WRCC) in Stow, Ohio, to pay a $357,000 civil penalty for violations of chemical data reporting regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  EPA claims that from 2012 to 2015, WRCC failed to submit data reports for 18 chemical substances as required by TSCA.  According to EPA, WRCC imports various chemicals for businesses that formulate rubber,...
March 14, 2021

EPA Extends Notification Deadline for Updates to Confidential Status of Chemicals on TSCA Inventory

As reported in our April 30, 2021, blog item, on April 29, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a list of 390 chemicals that it states are “expected to lose their confidential status and move to the public portion of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, furthering the agency’s commitment to data transparency.” EPA announced on May 14, 2021, that it is extending the notification deadline to June...
March 4, 2021

EPA Announces Settlement with Major Chemical Distributor for TSCA Violations

On March 2, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with Brenntag Pacific, Inc. for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  According to EPA, Brenntag Pacific, Inc. has corrected the violations and will pay a $128,265 fine.  EPA states that it discovered the violations following inspections at Brenntag Pacific, Inc. facilities in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Santa Fe Springs, California.  EPA inspectors “found the...