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ACC Comments on EPA Proposed Rule for Inventory Reset under Lautenberg Act

Proposal offers welcome efficiencies and opportunity for processors to voluntarily participate

Telly Lovelace

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) –The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to publication by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the draft rule for EPA to designate chemical substances on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory as either “active” or “inactive” in U.S. commerce, as required by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA).

“The Inventory Reset is a foundational sorting step of the LCSA, designed to make the prioritization and risk evaluation functions of the law work better. We are pleased that EPA has released its Inventory Reset proposal first – in advance of its prioritization and risk evaluation proposals – to help review and consider these important framework rules together.

“EPA’s proposal offers some welcome efficiencies by avoiding the need for industry to duplicate notifications that have been made in recent Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycles, using a simple notification form and using EPA’s existing Central Data Exchange (CDX) reporting infrastructure. We are also pleased that processors will have an opportunity to participate in the Reset on a voluntary basis. We look forward to constructive discussion of other ways the Agency might further reduce the notification burden on affected stakeholders during the development of this rule.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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