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EPA Lists New Chemicals Planned for Import or Manufacture

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice listing the pre-manufacture notices and test marketing exemption applications it received for new chemicals during the period Feb. 11 through March 8. The EPA has also listed the notices of commencement to manufacture new chemicals that were received during this time. Comments are due no later than June 14.

Any chemical substance that is not on the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory is classified as a new chemical, while those that are on the TSCA Inventory are classified as an existing chemical. Anyone who plans to manufacture or import a new chemical substance for a non-exempt commercial purpose is required by TSCA section 5 to provide the EPA with a pre-manufacture notice before initiating the activity. Separately, section 5(h)(1) of TSCA authorizes the EPA to allow persons, upon application, to manufacture (including import) or process a new chemical substance, or a chemical substance subject to a significant new use rule issued under TSCA section 5(a), for test marketing purposes, which is referred to as a test marketing exemption.

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