IPC Successful in Getting an Extension for Reporting Under TSCA CDR

As a result of aggressive lobbying by IPC, on June 11, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they are granting a six week extension to the reporting period for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. IPC has been extremely vocal in urging the EPA to give manufacturers more time to understand the reporting requirements, learn the electronic reporting system, and to report given the recent expansive scope of the CDR rule requiring manufacturers that send byproducts for recycling to report. With the reporting period ending on August 13, 2012, as opposed to June 30, 2012, manufacturers will get the time they need to ensure they are in compliance with the CDR regulations.

The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemical substances listed on the TSCA Inventory of Chemical Substances to report information about the manufacturing (including import), processing, and use of those chemical substances. While TSCA typically applies to chemical manufacturers, EPA’s interpretation that byproducts sent for recycling are new chemicals reportable under the CDR rule ropes in electronics manufacturers. If you send byproducts from your manufacturing processes for recycling you may be subject to reporting under the CDR rule.

IPC has insisted on an extension to the reporting period.  IPC has sent several letters and attended multiple meetings making the argument that manufacturers, especially those who are not chemical manufacturers and reporting for the first time, need more time to understand their reporting obligations. By giving manufacturers the necessary time to understand their reporting obligations, EPA with help ensure accurate, credible data is provided. IPC also called upon Congress to pressure EPA into granting an extension.

For more information on the CDR, visit IPC’s EHS website.

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