Proposed TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA is developing a final rule related to an April 2015 proposal to require reporting and recordkeeping requirements under section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. Specifically, the EPA proposed to require persons that manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process, or intend to manufacture or process these chemical substances to electronically report to EPA certain information, which includes the specific chemical identity, production volume, methods of manufacture and processing, exposure and release information, and existing data concerning environmental and health effects. This proposal involves one-time reporting for existing nanoscale materials and one-time reporting for new discrete nanoscale materials before they are manufactured or processed. This information would facilitate the EPA's evaluation of the materials and a determination of whether further action, including additional information collection, is needed. Consistent with the President's memorandum for Executive Agencies regarding Principles for Regulation and Oversight of Emerging Technologies, this rule would facilitate assessment of risks and risk management, examination of the benefits and costs of further measures, and making future decisions based on available scientific evidence.

RIN: 2070-AJ54
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 704
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 15 U.S.C. 2604(a), 15 U.S.C. 2607(a) Toxic Substances Control Act
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM04/06/201580 FR 18330
NPRM Comment Period Extended07/02/201580 FR 38153
Final Rule10/00/2016
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Short Title: 8(a) Rule for Nanoscale Materials
Keyword(s): Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OPPT

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 05, 2015 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/06/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/02/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0079
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/08/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0065

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 09/08/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0135
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 09/08/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0136
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 05/06/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0064


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Jim Alwood
202 564-8974
202 564-9490 (Fax)
Washington, DC 20460
Greg Schweer
202 564-8469
202 564-9094 (Fax)
Washington, DC 20460
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