Advance Notice Requirement for Imports of Four Chemical Substances Postponed
The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn significant new use rules that would have established import restrictions on four chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. These SNURs were among 35 the EPA announced via a Feb. 14 direct final rule that will take effect April 14. The agency notes that it is withdrawing these SNURs due to receiving notices of intent to submit adverse comment on them and that instead it will pursue them through a proposed rule expected to be published in the near future.
The chemical substances at issue are as follows:
- MDI modified polyalkene glycols
- acrylic acid esters polymers, reaction products with polyisocyanate
- 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid, polymer with 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-dimethyl 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate, 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol,dodecanedioic acid, 1,2-ethanediol, hexanedioic acid, 1,6-hexanediol, alkyldiol ester and aromatic isocyanate
- methylene diisocyanate polymer with polypropylene glycol and diols
Under a SNUR, persons who intend to import, manufacture or process any of the covered substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by that rule must notify the EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. This notification provides the EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.