EPA Withdraws SNURS for 28 Chemicals Published Sept. 17
On Nov. 16, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice that it has withdrawn direct final Significant New Use Rules (SNURS) for 28 chemicals that were published on Sept. 17, 2018. EPA took this action following receipt of adverse comments and a request to extend the comment period regarding the SNURs. EPA will address comments in a separate rulemaking.
The SNURS for the 28 chemical substances, which were the subjects of premanufacture notices (PMNs), would have taken effect on Nov. 16, 2018.
Under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), once SNURs are finalized, persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of the 28 chemicals for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by a SNUR, are required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification initiates EPA’s evaluation of the intended use within the applicable review period. Persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken such actions as are required with that determination.
Notably, the SNURs might have required restrictions on use and discharge of chemical substances, Personal Protective Equipment, and record-keeping, among other requirements.
Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.