On August 18, 2017, EPA announced two upcoming meetings of the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. These meetings will be held on September 13 – 14 and October 25 – 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The public is invited to attend.
EPA issued a Federal Register Notice of its intent to form the committee December 16, 2016. That notice explained that the objective of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will be to negotiate a proposed rule that would limit chemical data reporting requirements under section 8(a) of the amended TSCA for manufacturers of any inorganic byproduct chemical substances, when such byproduct chemical substances are subsequently recycled, reused, or reprocessed. It also explained that the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will attempt to reach consensus on proposed regulatory language. The negotiation process is required by section 8(a)(6) of TSCA.
EPA believes the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule is the only current reporting obligation under TSCA section 8(a) that is likely to affect the manufacturers of inorganic byproduct chemical substances.
The December 16, 2016 Federal Register Notice also explained that the Agency intends to conduct the negotiated rulemaking proceedings with particular attention to ensuring full and adequate representation of those interests that may be significantly affected by a rule providing for limiting CDR requirements for inorganic byproduct chemical substances. EPA initially identified the following groups as representing interests likely to be significantly affected by a rule:
- Aluminum Association
- American Chemistry Council
- American Coal Ash Association
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
- IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries
- North American Metals Council
- National Mining Association
- S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Utility Solid Waste Activities Group
Additional information about the Committee, including information about attending Committee meetings and meeting agendas, can be found on the Committee webpage.