EPA Wants to Require Electronic Filing as Part of the Toxic Substances Control Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step toward a final rule that would require manufacturers and importers to submit chemical information electronically.

On August 13, an amendment of the Inventory Update Reporting Rule (IUR) entered the public comment phase, one of the last stops to a final rule that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and put reporting changes in place by the next reporting period, June 1 – September 30, 2011.

If successful, major changes would include:

  • Required  electronic reporting of the IUR data using an agency-provided, webbased reporting software (e-IURweb) to submit IUR reports through the Internet to EPA’s Central Data exchange (CDX) and paper submissions would no longer be accepted
  • Reporting frequency accelerated from every 5 years to every 4 years
  • Stricter controls on what is considered Confidential Business Information (CBI) as well as upfront substantiation of the same

According to the IUR fact sheet, the EPA’s four primary goals in modifying the TSCA are:

  1. Tailor the information collected to better meet the Agency’s overall information needs
  2. Increase its ability to effectively provide public access to the information
  3. Obtain new and updated information relating to potential exposures to a subset of chemical substances listed on the TSCA Inventory
  4. Improve the usefulness of the information reported

Anyone wishing to submit a comment on the proposed rule can do so by visiting http://www.regulations.gov and going to docket EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009-0187.