EPA Expands Electronic Reporting for Chemical Information
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule amending certain reporting requirements promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the use of electronic reporting. EPA states that electronic reporting will increase the speed with which it can make information publicly available, improve accuracy and provide the public with quicker and easier access to chemical information.
This rule requires electronic reporting for information that must be submitted under TSCA section 4 (including letters of intent to conduct testing, extension requests, modification requests, exemption requests, hearing requests, and documents and correspondence related to enforceable consent agreements), the TSCA section 8(a) preliminary analysis information rule and TSCA section 8(d) health and safety data reporting rules. EPA is also extending the TSCA section 5 electronic reporting requirements to notices of commencement of manufacture or import and support documents (e.g., correspondence, amendment and test data) relating to TSCA section 5 notices submitted before April 6, 2010.
Effective March 4, 2014, EPA will only accept data, reports and other information subject to this rule when submitted through the Central Data Exchange and the Chemical Information Submission System tool for the submission of forms, reports and other documents. However, TSCA section 5 submissions must be submitted through CDX using e-PMN software downloaded from EPA’s CDX Web site. Data, reports and other information not submitted in the manner required will not be considered to have met the filing requirements. EPA notes that the CISS tool is also available for use in making voluntary submissions, such as those under memoranda of understanding, following the same procedures described in this final rule.