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EPA/OEI RIN: 2025-AA27 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: TRI: Intent To Consider Lifting Administrative Stay Regarding Hydrogen Sulfide Reporting Requirements; Opportunity for Public Comment 
Abstract: In response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Governor of New York, hydrogen sulfide, along with 20 other chemicals and two chemical categories, was added to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) section 313 list of toxic chemicals as part of a 1993 final rule (December 1, 1993, 58 FR 63500). Hydrogen sulfide was listed under the criteria of EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) based on chronic neurotoxic effects in humans and under EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) based on acute aquatic toxicity. However, on August 22, 1994 (59 FR 43048), EPA issued an Administrative Stay of the EPCRA section 313 reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. Some members of the regulated community expressed concern that the specific basis for listing hydrogen sulfide under EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) changed between the proposed rule (September 8, 1992, 57 FR 41020) and the final rule (December 1, 1993, 58 FR 63500) and that they did not have an opportunity to comment on the final basis for the addition under EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B). Although the statutory basis for the determination did not change, the Agency did cite chronic neurotoxic effects in the final rule and chronic respiratory effects in the proposed rule as the specific effects of concern. In addition, charges were made that EPA's decision not to include evidence of exposure in deciding to list hydrogen sulfide on the basis of chronic human health effects was inconsistent with past Agency practice. EPA did not agree that it had been inconsistent in its use of exposure analysis in EPCRA section 313 listings, but felt that the public deserved an opportunity to be presented with further clarification of the Agency's position on this issue. Therefore, the Agency decided to issue an administrative stay of the reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide in order to allow for additional time to review these issues. EPA stated that a subsequent Federal Register notice would provide a mechanism for the public to comment on the specific basis for listing hydrogen sulfide as well as providing a more complete discussion of use of exposure analysis in EPCRA section 313 listing decisions. This action is the subsequent Federal Register notice. EPA will take comments on its latest hazard assessment for hydrogen sulfide and EPA's intent to consider lifting the administrative stay. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  02/26/2010  75 FR 8889   
Final Action  12/00/2010    
Additional Information: SAN No. 5368.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Daniel Bushman
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Information
7410M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0743
Fax:202 566-0677

Nicole Paquette
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Information
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0642
Fax:202 566-0677