The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is finalizing amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule that reduce the burden for certain CDR reporters, improve the quality of CDR data collected, and align reporting requirements with the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Some of the key revisions in the CDR final rule include:
- Simplifying reporting, including allowing manufacturers to use certain processing and data codes already in use by many chemical manufacturers as part of international codes developed through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
- Changing requirements for making confidentiality claims to align with the requirements in amended TSCA.
- Adding reporting exemptions for specific types of byproducts manufactured in certain equipment
Additionally, USEPA is extending the reporting period for CDR data submitters from September 30 to November 30 to provide additional time for the regulated community to better understand the revisions and to allow time for reporters to familiarize themselves with an updated public version of the reporting tool.
USEPA will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to discuss the revised reporting requirements, provide an overview of the 2020 CDR submission period, and to give an introduction to the updated e-CDRweb reporting tool.
Learn more about CDR, click here. https://www.epa.gov/chemical-data-reporting
In March, USEPA released the latest update to the TSCA Inventory, a list of all existing chemical substances manufactured, processed, or imported in the U.S. that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion under TSCA. This update adds 81 new chemicals, and the Inventory now contains 86,405 chemicals of which 41,484 are active in U.S commerce.