Health and Safety Data Reporting; Certain Chemicals Addition; Withdrawal
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40 CFR Part 716
Health and Safety Data Reporting; Addition of Certain Chemicals; Withdrawal of Final Rule
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Final rule; withdrawal.
EPA is withdrawing the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(d) Health and Safety Data Reporting Rule that it issued on December 3, 2012. The health and safety data reporting rule would have required manufacturers (including importers) of cadmium or cadmium compounds, including as part of an article, that have been, or are reasonably likely to be, incorporated into consumer products to report certain unpublished health and safety studies to EPA.
The final rule published on December 3, 2012 at 76 FR 71561 is withdrawn effective December 28, 2012.
The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0363, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket (OPPT Docket), Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566-0280. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
For Further Information Contact
For technical information contact: Mark Seltzer, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2901; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Mattheisen, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-3077; email address: email@example.com.
For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.
I. General Information
A. Does this action apply to me?
You may be affected by this withdrawal if you are a manufacturer (including importer) of cadmium or cadmium compounds, including as part of an article, that have been, or are reasonably likely to be, incorporated into consumer products.
B. What action is the agency taking?
In theFederal Registerissue of December 3, 2012 (77 FR 71561) (FRL-9355-9), EPA issued a health and safety data reporting rule that would have required manufacturers (including importers) of cadmium or cadmium compounds, including as part of an article, that have been, or are reasonably likely to be, incorporated into consumer products to report certain unpublished health and safety studies to EPA. EPA has good cause to withdraw the final rule.
In this document, EPA is withdrawing the final health and safety data reporting rule that it issued pursuant to TSCA section 8(d) on December 3, 2012. Since the final rule's issuance, EPA has received a number of letters, including requests for withdrawal under § 716.105(c)-(d), asking questions and raising concerns about the scope and extent of the immediate final rule that indicate that there is significant confusion and uncertainty about the final rule in certain industrial sectors subject to the final rule. For example, EPA received comments that the regulatory text did not clearly specify which additional industrial sectors beyond those subject to reporting in § 716.5(a) must report unpublished health and safety studies, as required by § 716.5(b). EPA believes that some of the points raised in the letters warrant additional consideration by the Agency. Comments received by EPA are available in the docket under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0363.EPA has concluded that these concerns are good cause per § 716.105(c) to withdraw the health and safety data reporting rule that it issued on December 3, 2012.
EPA finds that there is “good cause” under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B)) to withdraw this final rule without prior notice and comment. EPA believes notice and an opportunity for comment on this action are impracticable and unnecessary. Public notice and comment is impracticable because EPA has only a limited time to publish this withdrawal. That is, EPA must publish a document in theFederal Registerpursuant to § 716.105(c) withdrawing the addition of cadmium before January 2, 2013, the effective date of the cadmium amendment. Furthermore, notice and comment is unnecessary because this withdrawal conforms to the withdrawal procedure of § 716.105(c) of the part 716 model rule, which EPA promulgated in 1985 regarding withdrawal after having solicited public comment on the need for and mechanics of this procedure as published in theFederal Registerissue of August 28, 1985 (50 FR 34809). EPA is adhering to this previously promulgated procedure in this withdrawal, which requires such action to occur by publishing aFederal Registerdocument “[p]rior to the effective date of [the listing] under paragraph (b) of this section.” See § 716.105(c).
EPA also finds that this final rule is not subject to the 30 day delay of the effective date generally required by 5 U.S.C. 553(d). This final rule is “a substantive rule which grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction,” 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1), because it lifts the reporting requirement on certain manufacturers (including importers) of cadmium or cadmium compounds. This final rule must be made effective prior to the effective date of the addition of cadmium and cadmium compounds to the TSCA section 8(d) model rule (January 2, 2013) in order to relieve this restriction.
II. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
For the reasons already stated, this final rule withdraws a previously issued final rule without imposing any new requirements. As such, the following statutory and Executive Order requirements do not apply to this action:
III. Congressional Review Act (CRA)
Pursuant to the CRA (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in theFederal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Section 808 of the CRA allows the issuing agency to make a rule effective sooner than otherwise provided by the CRA if the agency makes a good cause finding that notice and public procedure is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. This determination must be supported by a brief statement. 5 U.S.C. 808(2). As stated previously, EPA has made such a good cause finding, including the reasons therefore, and established an effective date of January 2, 2013.
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 716
Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances, Health and safety studies, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Dated: December 20, 2012.
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
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Date Posted: Dec 28, 2012
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CFR: 40 CFR Part 716
Federal Register Number: 2012-31048
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