Under the proposed TSCA User Fee Rule, submitters would pay $16,000 for each PMN. This was announced on February 8, 2018, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule regarding user fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The current fee for a PMN submission is $2,500. EPA estimates the average cost of a PMN for processing, reviewing, making determinations, and taking any regulatory action such as with a SNUR or an order is approximately $55,000. Fees would also apply to submissions related to risk evaluation and EPA mandated testing of chemical substances and mixtures.
The proposed rule was published on February 27, 2018. Comments on the rule must be received on or before April 27, 2018 (Docket Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0401).
Amended TSCA provides EPA the authority to charge fees to chemical manufacturers, including importers, and processors to “provide a sustainable source of funding to defray resources that are available for implementation of new responsibilities under the amended law.” These fees are to be used for “developing risk evaluations for existing chemicals; collecting and reviewing toxicity and exposure data and other information; reviewing Confidential Business Information (CBI); and, making determinations in a timely and transparent manner with respect to the safety of new chemicals before they enter the marketplace.” However, EPA is not proposing to assess greater fees for submissions containing CBI claims.
Under the amendments to TSCA, EPA has authority to require payment from manufacturers and processors who:
- Are required to submit information by test rule, test order, or enforceable consent agreement (ECA) under section 4;
- Submit a PMN, SNUR, LVE or other notification under section 5); or
- Manufacture or process a chemical substance that is subject to a risk evaluation under section 6, including a risk evaluation conducted at the request of a manufacturer.
Beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2019 , EPA will be required to adjust fees every three years to reflect inflation and ensure that fees are sufficient to collect 25 percent of the costs to EPA in administering TSCA sections 4, 5, 6, and 14, up to $25 million. The proposed rule provides a description of proposed TSCA fees and fee categories for FYs 2019, 2020, and 2021, and explains the basis for its proposal.