US EPA ends chemical production reporting on paper

06 April 2011 18:08  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--Under a federal rule that went into effect on Wednesday, US chemicals manufacturers must submit new product notices via electronic means as no paper documents will be accepted, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said.

The agency has begun implementing a ban on paper document submissions that was announced in a policy change in April last year.

That ruling began a two-year phase-out of paper and optical disc reporting for new chemical manufacturing notices to EPA.

The policy included a one-year phase-out for paper documents and a two-year implementation of the ban on optical disc submissions. On 6 April next year, disc submissions must end.

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), chemical manufacturers must submit a variety of pre-manufacturing notices to the agency when they anticipate producing (or importing) a new chemical.

EPA uses those notices - which can run to hundreds of pages - to determine if any limitations or controls should be placed on the new chemical’s production or use.

The agency receives about 1,000 new chemical product notices annually, EPA said.

Beginning Wednesday, companies must submit new product notices using the agency’s own online software or through the EPA’s central data exchange (CDX) - or, for one more year, on optical disc.

By: Joe Kamalick
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