By John J. Kowalski, CHMM
On October 1, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 15 related chemical substances commonly known as nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), with a comment deadline of December 1, 2014. On November 28, 2014, the Agency extended the comment period for 45 days, from December 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015. According to EPA, extending the comment period will allow companies to more accurately assess and communicate to the Agency how the subject chemicals are currently being used.
Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain Nonylphenols and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates; Significant New Use Rule” Federal Register 79 (1 October 2014): 59186-59195. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-01/pdf/2014-23253.pdf
Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain Nonylphenols and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates; Significant New Use Rule; Extension of Comment Period” Federal Register 79 (28 November 2014): 70823-70824. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-28215.pdf