Industry association IPC is urging opposition to a proposed rule from the EPA, published Aug. 13, 2020, that would affect manufacturers of electronic products who send byproducts and waste for recycling.
The rule expands the reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) rule that requires manufacturers of chemical substances to report on the manufacturing, importation, processing, and use of those chemical substances. The EPA estimates it will cost each facility $48,700 and take 792 hours to comply with the proposed rule. IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries urges industry members to actively join its efforts to oppose the EPA’s regulation of byproducts and waste under TSCA as well as the proposed changes to the reporting requirements.
According to the EPA, byproducts and waste that are sent for recycling are subject to IUR rule because they serve a commercial purpose as a feedstock to new products. Under the proposed rule, manufacturers will have to comply with existing TSCA IUR rule requirements for byproducts and waste sent for recycling as well as with reporting requirements that IPC feels will be burdensome:
• Requires manufacturers to report if the production volume of a chemical substance meets or exceeds the 25,000 lb/year threshold during any calendar year since the last principal reporting year.
• Requires manufacturers to report every four years instead of every five years.
• Requires more detailed manufacturing data as well as processing and use data to be reported.
• Requires additional reporting for a variety of factors, including the number of workers likely to be exposed to the chemical and identifying consumer and commercial categories associated with the chemical substance.
The EPA’s proposed reporting requirements would apply to the 2011 submission reporting of 2010 manufacturing, processing, and use information. This means that manufacturers should be collecting data now in order to submit it next summer, even though the details on what data should be collected have not been communicated.
The EPA’s comment period ends October 12. IPC will be submitting comments that thoroughly oppose EPA’s byproducts interpretation as well as the proposed burdensome reporting requirements, but Abrams fears this will not be enough. “We need our members to get actively involved,” says Abrams.
For more information and to get involved, visit www.ipc.org/ehs.
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