This week’s Federal Register includes notices from the EPA of two changes to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). On Tuesday, EPA published a Direct Final Rule that adds six biobased chemicals to the list of chemicals that are partially exempt from certain reporting requirements. Today, EPA published a Notice that the agency has submitted an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
EPA’s submission to OMB proposes a revision to a previously approved information collection request, which implemented the 2011 updates to the CDR. Information collection requests are reviewed and approved by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The new request reflects the reporting requirements for the 2016 submission period. The update is estimated to affect almost 5,000 entities once every five years.
The new partial exemptions stem from a petition filed by a group representing the biobased chemicals industry. The Direct Final Rule adds a “biodiesel” category to the list of partially exempt chemicals which are not subject to reporting requirements for processing and use information. Responding to the group’s petition, EPA determined that processing and use information for the six biobased chemicals were of “low current interest.” The chemicals affected are:
- Fatty acids, tallow, Me esters.
- Fatty acids, C14-18 and C16-18-unsatd., Me esters.
- Fatty acids, C16-18 and C-18-unsatd., Me esters.
- Soybean oil, Me esters.
- Fatty acids, canola oil, Me esters.
- Fatty acids, corn oil, Me esters.
The partial exemption puts the biodiesel industry on more equal footing with petroleum-based diesel manufacturers, whose “petroleum process streams” chemicals are already partially exempt.
The partial exemption Direct Final Rule goes into effect on March 30, 2015, unless adverse comments are received by February 26. Comments on the information collection request will be accepted through March 2, 2015.