USA: Significant New Use of Certain Chemical Substances

EPA reopens the comment period for the proposed rule until October 30, 2018. Comments, docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0414  – must be received on or before October 30, 2018.

On August 17, 2018 EPA proposed significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 27 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to section 5(e) of TSCA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 27 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by these rules to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity.

The SNUR primarily affects Alkanes, and declares as a “significant new use” of the designated chemical substances as Flame retardants and plasticizers in PVC, polymers, and rubber; flame retardants, plasticizers, and lubricants in adhesives, caulk, sealants, and coatings; additives in lubricants including metalworking fluids; and flame retardants and waterproofers in textiles.”