Get complete, dependable coverage of the regulation at every stage in the chemical life cycle, including comprehensive news on REACH, the Toxic Substances Control Act, up-to-date HAZMAT guidance,...
Nov. 17 — The Environmental Protection Agency is planning on enacting new reporting requirements for companies that work with a type of industrial surfactant called NPEs.
These companies will now have to report data on their use of these chemicals to the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory program which quantifies emissions and discharges of chemicals from facilities across the country.
The EPA formally proposed adding NPEs, an acronym for the chemicals nonylphenol ethoxylates, to its toxics database with a Nov. 16 notice in the Federal Register. In the notice, the EPA said it’s taking this action because NPEs can be “highly toxic to aquatic organisms” after they break down in the environment. Surfactants are often used to break down oils and other petroleum products.
The TRI is a publicly available database created through emergency planning and public right-to-know laws. It contains geographical data on the releases of thousands of chemicals from industrial facilities across the country.
Barbara Losey, a consultant with the company RegNet Environmental Services, which represents companies that work with NPEs, said the EPA’s move to add the surfactants to the list of substances covered by the TRI’s reporting requirements “has been expected for some time now.” The compounds are considered high-production volume chemicals, meaning they are produced in volumes over 1 million pounds per year.
Prior to 2011, no reporting on the compounds under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule was required for polymers. That rule requires manufacturers to report quantities of the chemicals they make.
The impact of these new reporting requirements might be blunted from a consumer perspective because NPEs are now almost exclusively used in industrial settings only, as companies have largely phased out their use in consumer products, Losey said.
To contact the reporter on this story: David Schultz in Washington at dSchultz@bna.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)