EPA Extends Comment Period for Preliminary Listing of Manufacturers Subject To Fees Under TSCA
On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a 60-day comment period extension for its preliminary lists identifying manufacturers that may be subject to fee obligations under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) for EPA-initiated risk evaluations for its next 20 high-priority chemicals. Under TSCA, manufacturers include importers of the chemical substances as well as those who import the chemical as part of an article, as an impurity or a byproduct. Under the fees rule, the agency will collect payment from all the manufacturers who manufacture any of the 20 high-priority chemicals. The total fee is shared among all identified manufacturers; small businesses are provided a discount on their fees. EPA is providing a 60-day extension of the comment period, from March 27, 2020, for the public to comment on the list and to self-report, if not included on the preliminary list.