Background

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final significant new use rule that, effective May 9, will require persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process trichloroethylene for use in a consumer product to notify the EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. There will be an exception, however, for the use of TCE in cleaners and solvent degreasers, film cleaners, hoof polishes, lubricants, mirror edge sealants and pepper spray.

Importers must certify that shipments of this substance comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act, including any SNUR requirements. In addition, any persons who export or intend to export this substance are subject to the export notification provisions of 15 USC 2611(b) and must comply with the export notification requirements in 40 CFR part 707, subpart D.

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