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Imports of Six Chemical Substances Could Require Advance Notice

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments through 25 March on a proposed rule that would require persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of six chemical substances for an activity designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify the agency at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The substances at issue are used in ball bearing lubricants, pigments for architectural and industrial paints, fuel cell components, adhesives and coating resins.

Under this rule, imports, manufacturing, and processing of these substances for a significant new use could not be commenced until the EPA has conducted a review of the advance notice, made an appropriate determination, and taken such risk management actions as are required with that determination. Importers would have to certify that shipments of these substances comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act, including any SNUR requirements. In addition, any persons who export or intend to export any of these substances on or after 25 March would be subject to the export notification provisions of 15 USC 2611(b) and have to comply with the export notification requirements in 40 CFR part 707, subpart D.

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