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Comment Period Extended for Proposed TSCA User Fee Rule

Monday, April 30, 2018

EPA is extending the comment period for 30 days for the proposed "User Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)."

Additionally, the EPA is providing notice that supplemental analysis has become available. This provides additional estimates for the impact of setting the small business definition based on an employee-based threshold. The new comment period closes on May 24th, 2018.

What is the proposed rule about?

On February 7, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule establishing user fees to cover the costs of administering its duties under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

According to EPA’s estimate, the proposed rule will bring in approximately $20.05 million per year in user fees, excluding user fees associated with manufacture-requested risk evaluations. The proposed rule would go into effect October 1, 2018 for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Fees for FYs 2020 and 2021 would remain constant. However, the EPA would be required to adjust the fees every three years for inflation and to ensure 25 percent of its costs in administering sections 4, 5, 6, and 14 of TSCA are covered.

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