White House Clears Final Rule Revising Inventory Update Reporting Requirements

The Office of Management and Budget cleared on July 7 the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule revising the production information chemical manufacturers must periodically provide the agency under the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) regulation.

EPA declined to discuss details about the final regulation, but told BNA it will be published in “several weeks.” No specific date for publication has been set, spokesman Dale Kemery told BNA.

Chemical manufacturers are anxious to learn what determinations the agency has made concerning the options it discussed in the proposed rule it issued Aug. 13, 2010 (34 CRR 811, 8/16/10).

A key question is when the IUR reports will be due.

Under an IUR rule issued in 2005, the data-submission period for calendar year 2010 was to run from June 1 through Sept. 30.

EPA suspended that data-submission period May 11, because OMB had not yet cleared the final regulation describing what information would have to be reported (35 CRR 497, 5/16/11).

Other questions include the scope of information chemical manufacturers will have to provide EPA, the frequency with which they must provide it, the volume of chemicals they make that will trigger reporting obligations, and what confidential business information claims they will be allowed to make.

By Pat Rizzuto