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EPA Improves the Reporting of Chemical Information with New Data Reporting Rule
(August 2011)

EPA has set new requirements for the next data submission period to increase amount and quality of chemical related information.

EPA has decided to increase the type and quantity of information it collects about commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers. The new requirements will allow EPA to better manage and identify possible health and environmental risks associated with various chemicals. This new rule is known as the Chemical Data Reporting rule (CDR), it requires companies to submit information electronically to the agency, and limits confidentiality claims by companies. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is implementing these changes as a way to strengthen her commitment to EPA’s chemical management program and increase the transparency of critical information concerning chemicals.

The CDR falls under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory update rule (IUR) and requires critical chemical information to be reported more frequently. The submission of new and updated information relating to potential chemical exposures, current production volume, manufacturing site data, and processing data will be required more often for a larger number of chemicals.

Information should be submitted using EPA’s electronic reporting tool.  Online reporting is expected to improve data quality, allowing EPA to use data more efficiently. In addition, the information will become more accessible to the public.

New reporting requirements will be implemented starting with the next data submission period, which will occur between February 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

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