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Advance Notice Required for Imports of 43 Chemical Substances

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 8, will establish import restrictions on 43 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. These substances are used as surfactants, water and oil repellants, electrolytes, electronic component coatings, catalysts, adhesives and sealants and in the production of fuels, inks and coatings, polyurethane polymers and herbicides.

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 will have to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. This notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.

Written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit such comments, on one or more of these SNURs must be received no later than Aug. 8. If any such comments or notice is received by that date, the EPA will withdraw the relevant sections of this direct final rule before its effective date.

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