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More Input Sought on Proposed Import Restrictions for 15 Chemical Substances

Monday, December 01, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 the deadline for interested parties to submit comments on a proposed rule that would impose import restrictions on 15 related chemical substances commonly known as nonylphenols and nonylphenol ethoxylates. Under this rule, persons who intend to import, manufacture or process any of these substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule would have to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. This notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the new uses and protect against unreasonable risks (if any) from potential new exposures to NPs and NPEs before that activity occurs.

Importers of chemical substances subject to this rule would have to certify their compliance with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act, including any significant new use rule requirements. 

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