“The US EPA has imposed significant new use rules on 30 chemicals, which were the subject of pre-manufacture notices.
Nine of them are subject to consent order under section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
In case of substances under consent orders, the EPA determined that activities “associated with the substances may present unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.” The consent orders require protective measures to limit exposures, or otherwise mitigate the potential unreasonable risk.
The rules go into effect from 1 December 2015. They require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of the substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to notify the agency at least 90 days before starting that activity.
“The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs,” the agency says in a Federal Register notice.
The deadline for submitting written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit adverse or critical comments, on any of the Snurs is 2 November. If the EPA receives such comments before the deadline, it will withdraw the relevant Snur.”
Federal Register : https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/02/2015-24846/significant-new-use-rules-on-certain-chemical-substances
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