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Advance Notice Required for Imports of Eleven Chemical Substances

Monday, December 29, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that, effective Feb. 27, will add nine benzidine-based chemical substances to the existing significant new use rule on benzidine-based substances. With respect to both the newly-added benzidine-based chemical substances and the previously-listed substances, this rule makes inapplicable the exemption relating to persons that import or process substances as part of an article. The EPA is also promulgating separate SNURs for di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP) and alkanes, C12-13, chloro.

These actions require persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to notify the EPA at least 90 days before commencing such manufacture or processing. The required notifications will provide the EPA with the opportunity to evaluate activities associated with a significant new use and, if necessary based on the information available at that time, an opportunity to protect against potential unreasonable risks, if any, from that activity before it occurs.

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