EPA Renews ICR on TSCA Section 5(a)(2) SNURs for Existing Chemicals


Source: Federal Register
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

EPA has submitted another information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) on ‘‘TSCA Section 5(a)(2) Significant New Use Rules for Existing Chemicals’’ (EPA ICR No. 1188.13, OMB Control No. 2070–0038). This is a request to renew the approval of an existing ICR.  Click here to access it. 

EPA received two comments in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on September 2, 2015 (80 FR 53151), which are addressed in this ICR.  SOCMA was one of the commenters.  In our comments we argue that EPA underestimated the regulatory burden associated with existing chemical SNURs.  Click here to view our comments from last fall.

This ICR is basically the same as the one we commented on last year, so this is another bite at the apple.  EPA estimates that six companies would be affected by its new use rules for existing chemicals, creating an estimated total burden of 1,025 hours per year and a cost of $100,595.

With this ICR submission, EPA is providing 30 days for public review.  Comments must be received on or before August 25, 2016.  It is likely there will be more existing chemical SNURs imposed under the new TSCA.  In addition with the new TSCA in effect we may see EPA recalculate some of their other ICRs.

Please contact Dan Newton at 202 721 4158 any questions or comments.

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