The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has informed the WTO on changes in reporting requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and supplier notifications for Chemicals of Special Concern. On 6 December 2022, the WTO released a notification stating: ‘The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to add per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) subject to reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) to the list of Lower Thresholds for Chemicals of Special Concern’. The reporting threshold for PFAS is already lower, at 100 pounds. The addition of PFAS to the list of chemicals of special concern will make them subject to the same reporting requirements as other chemicals of special concern. This would eliminate the use of the de minimis exemption and the option to use Form A, and limit the use of range reporting for PFAS. A more complete picture of the discharges and waste management volumes for PFAS will be obtained after eliminating the availability of these burden-reduction reporting options. In addition, the EPA is trying to remove the de minimis exemption from the Supplier Notification Requirements for all the chemicals in the list of special concerns. This step will make it possible to inform consumers who buy mixtures and brand-name items containing such compounds of their presence.
On 2 December 2022, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notification for chemical substances that are the subject of premanufacture notifications (PMNs) and Microbial Commercial Activity Notices (MCANs). The EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The SNURs mandate that anyone planning to manufacture (defined by legislation to include import) or process any of these chemical substances for an activity that is identified by this rule as a substantial new use, must notify the EPA at least 90 days prior to the start of that activity. The mandatory notice starts EPA's evaluation of the use within the relevant review period, under the conditions of use for that chemical substance. Nobody is permitted to start manufacturing or processing for a significant new use before the EPA has examined the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken the actions that are required by that determination. This new rule will be effective from 31 January 2023.
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