20 March 2012 18:24 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday said it will require that companies that produce or import any of five potentially harmful chemicals to report all new uses or imports to the agency.
The EPA said that it is proposing an expansion of its significant new use rules (SNUR) to cover polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes, a short-chain chlorinated paraffin, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and phthalate di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP).
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The EPA said the five chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, flame retardants in flexible foams and in plasticisers.
The agency issues significant new use rules under authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The proposed SNUR for the five targeted substances would require that any
The agency would then evaluate the intended new use and, if it considers it necessary, could prohibit or limit the new application.
In addition, the EPA also is proposing a test rule under TSCA regarding PBDEs. If issued in final form, this would require manufacturers or processors of PBDEs to conduct health and environmental testing on their use.
The agency was not immediately able on Tuesday to say whether the proposed new use reporting requirements would be subject to public comment or when a final rule might be issued.
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