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March 25, 2016
EPA Signs Final Rule Granting Partial CDR Exemptions For Biodiesel Products

On March 23, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report announced that EPA signed a final rule exempting manufacturers of six biodiesel chemicals from reporting processing and use information under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In 2014, BRAG filed a regulatory petition to exempt the chemicals, requesting the same exemption that EPA currently provides to manufactures of petroleum-based versions of the chemicals. The rule was originally issued as a direct final rule in February 2015 before being withdrawn due to a single comment. This final rule is consistent with the original proposed rule that was issued on July 22, 2015, and applies to manufacturers of:

  • Fatty acids, C14-18 and C16-18 unsaturated, methyl esters (Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 67762-26-9);
     
  • Fatty acids, C16-18 and C-18 unsaturated, methyl esters (CAS No. 67762-38-3);
     
  • Fatty acids, canola oil, methyl esters (CAS No.129828-16-6);
     
  • Fatty acids, corn oil, methyl esters (CAS No. 515152-40-6);
     
  • Fatty acids, tallow, methyl esters (CAS No. 61788-61-2); and
     
  • Soybean oil, methyl esters (CAS No. 67784-80-9).

As with all the chemicals currently afforded partial exemption status, the biodiesel chemicals would no longer be eligible for the partial reporting exemption if they were to become the subject of a TSCA Sections 4, 5(a)(2), 5(b)(4), or 6 rule (proposed or final), an enforceable consent agreement, a Section 5(e) order, or relief granted under a civil action under Section 5 or 7. BRAG is pleased that EPA was able to complete the rulemaking process in time for the CDR reporting cycle starting in June 2016. The partial CDR exemption will save manufacturers about two weeks of time that would typically be spent preparing processing and use data for Form U.


 
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