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EPA to Suspend IUR Submission Period

05/19/11

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA recently published a final rule that will immediately suspend the next IUR submission period, originally scheduled for June 1 – September 30, 2011 as established in a final rule from Dec. 2005.  It is still unclear, however, when the new submission period will be and what all the  final modifications will end up looking like, but we can expect another rule within the next several weeks.

This action is intended to help address the widespread industry concern about timing, raised in comments on the proposed rule published in August of 2010.  The rule, as proposed, would not have provided adequate transition time between the expected promulgation of the final rule and the original submission period and the EPA recognized this.  The suspension is certainly a positive development for industry, but it is too early to determine all the changes and how favorable or unfavorable they may be.  Another major concern, among others, that was raised in comments was the retroactive reporting requirements that would require companies to go back to 2006 to collect information.

This is a one-time suspension of the next submission period only, and does not alter the timing of subsequent submission periods (e.g., the submission period from June 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016).

Stay tuned for more details.

The final rule can be found here.  For more information on the IUR, click here.







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