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Advance Notice Required for Imports of 17 Chemical Substances

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that, effective Aug. 26, will establish import restrictions on 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. 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 must 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.

Any person who began commercial importation, manufacture or processing of any of these chemical substances for any of the significant new uses designated in the proposed rule after the date it was published must stop that activity before Aug. 26. Persons who ceased those activities will have to first comply with all applicable SNUR notification requirements and wait until the notice review period, including any extensions, expires before engaging in any activities designated as significant new uses.

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