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EPA Temporarily Suspends IUR Requirements Due to Lack of Final Rule

Date Posted: May 12, 2011

Manufacturers left in the lurch by the EPA’s lack of follow-through on proposed changes to the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) program have been granted a short reprieve.

In a Federal Register notice posted May 11, the agency stated that it was temporarily suspending the next five-year cycle of IUR reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was slated to begin June 1 and extend through June 1, 2016.

The reason for the one-time exemption was the agency’s inability to finalize a rule it proposed last August in time for its planned effectiveness date of June 1. The proposal was intended to significantly change the IUR program, including shorter reporting periods, mandatory electronic reporting, limited confidentiality of data and greater detail for each chemical reported. But with no prospect of having a final version of the rule in place prior to the start date, the EPA chose to temporarily suspend the reporting requirements.
“This action to suspend the next submission period is needed due to the length of time which has been necessary to complete work on the proposed modifications and to avoid finalizing changes to the reporting requirements in the midst of the 2011 submission period,” the agency explained in the Federal Register.

The notice emphasized that this is a “one-time suspension of the next submission period only,” and that the EPA “expects to finalize, in the near future, changes to the IUR reporting requirements which will supersede this action.”

For more information, see the June edition of the Community Right-To-Know Manual.

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