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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AJ08 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Certain Polybrominated Diphenylethers; Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) and Test Rule 
Abstract: On April 2, 2012, EPA proposed a significant new use rule (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as a test rule under section 4 of TSCA, for certain polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs). Under a SNUR, persons who intend to engage in any significant new use would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that new use. The required notification would enable EPA to evaluate the significant new use of these chemical substances and, if necessary, appropriately address risks to human health or the environment by limiting or prohibiting those uses before they occur. EPA proposed to designate processing as a significant new use of tetraBDE, pentaBDE, hexaBDE, heptaBDE, octaBDE, and nonaBDE. EPA also proposed that manufacturing, importing, or processing of these 6 PBDEs as part of an article be designated as a significant new use. In addition, EPA proposed to designate manufacturing, importing and processing (including as part of an article), of a seventh PBDE, decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) for any use, as a significant new use. Finally, EPA proposed to require that anyone who manufactures, imports, or processes c-pentaBDE, c-octaBDE, or c-decaBDE after December 31, 2013 conduct testing to obtain and subsequently submit to EPA specific data on health effects, environmental effects, and chemical fate. PBDEs are a family of chemicals with a common structure of a brominated diphenyl ether molecule, which may have anywhere from one to ten bromine atoms attached. PBDEs have been widely used as flame retardants in a number of applications: c-pentaBDE was used primarily as an additive flame retardant in flexible polyurethane foams; c-octaBDE was used in a crylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic, which was used as casing for certain electric and electronic devices used in both offices and homes. Domestic manufacture of c-pentaBDE and c-octaBDE ceased in 2004 when the Great Lakes Chemical Corporation (now Chemtura Corporation) voluntarily phased out their production. In December of 2009, after informing EPA of thier intention to exit the decaBDE market, the two U.S. producers of decaBDE, Albemarle Corporation and Chemtura Corporation, and the largest U.S. importer, ICL Industrial Products, Inc., announced commitments to phase out manufacture and importation of decaBDE for most uses in the United States by December 31, 2012, and to end manufacture and import for all uses by the end of 2013. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 721; 40 CFR 790 to 799 
Legal Authority: 15 USC 2601 et seq 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/25/1991  56 FR 29140 
Second NPRM  04/02/2012  77 FR 19862 
Final Rule  01/00/2014   
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-1039. http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/pbde.html
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.epa.gov/oppt/chemtest   Public Comment URL: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-1039-0001  
Sectors Affected: 313210 Broadwoven Fabric Mills; 313230 Nonwoven Fabric Mills; 313312 Textile and Fabric Finishing (except Broadwoven Fabric) Mills; 313320 Fabric Coating Mills; 314121 Curtain and Drapery Mills; 314999 All Other Miscellaneous Textile Product Mills; 322121 Paper (except Newsprint) Mills; 322221 Coated and Laminated Packaging Paper Manufacturing; 322222 Coated and Laminated Paper Manufacturing; 325188 All Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing; 325199 All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing; 325211 Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing; 325212 Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing; 325520 Adhesive Manufacturing; 325991 Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins; 325998 All Other Miscellaneous Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing; 326130 Laminated Plastics Plate, Sheet (except Packaging), and Shape Manufacturing; 326150 Urethane and Other Foam Product (except Polystyrene) Manufacturing; 326199 All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing; 326220 Rubber and Plastics Hoses and Belting Manufacturing; 326299 All Other Rubber Product Manufacturing; 327993 Mineral Wool Manufacturing; 331319 Other Aluminum Rolling and Drawing; 331421 Copper Rolling, Drawing, and Extruding; 331422 Copper Wire (except Mechanical) Drawing; 334111 Electronic Computer Manufacturing; 334112 Computer Storage Device Manufacturing; 334113 Computer Terminal Manufacturing; 334119 Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing; 334220 Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing; 334310 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing; 335211 Electric Housewares and Household Fan Manufacturing; 335212 Household Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturing; 335221 Household Cooking Appliance Manufacturing; 335222 Household Refrigerator and Home Freezer Manufacturing; 335224 Household Laundry Equipment Manufacturing; 335228 Other Major Household Appliance Manufacturing; 335929 Other Communication and Energy Wire Manufacturing; 335931 Current-Carrying Wiring Device Manufacturing; 335999 All Other Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing; 336111 Automobile Manufacturing; 336112 Light Truck and Utility Vehicle Manufacturing; 336120 Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing; 337121 Upholstered Household Furniture Manufacturing; 337214 Office Furniture (except Wood) Manufacturing; 337910 Mattress Manufacturing; 337920 Blind and Shade Manufacturing; 339999 All Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing; 562211 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Catherine Roman
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
7405M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-8172
Fax:202 564-4765
Email: Roman.Catherine@epa.gov

Kirsten Hesla
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
4410-E,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-2984
Fax:202 564-4775
Email: hesla.kirsten@epa.gov

 
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