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EPA finalizes last of four chemical safety framework rules

Annualized fees collected from industry estimated at $20 million

Posted October 2, 2018

EPA has issued a final fees rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is the last of four framework rules under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. During fiscal years 2019-2021 the Agency will track costs and use the information to adjust future fees. As required by law, EPA will evaluate and readjust, if necessary, the fees every three years.

The fees collected from chemical manufacturers will go toward developing risk evaluations for existing chemicals; collecting and reviewing toxicity and exposure data and other information; reviewing Confidential Business Information (CBI); and making determinations in a timely and transparent manner with respect to the safety of new chemicals before they enter the marketplace.

Under the final rule, affected businesses will begin incurring fees on October 1, 2018. For businesses required to report under TSCA section 4, annual fees are estimated at $7,000; section 5, $339,000; and section 6, $926,000.

EPA will host a series of webinars focusing on making TSCA submissions and paying fees under the final rule. The webinars will be held on October 10, October 24, and November 7.

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