In a final rule, the EPA has extended the deadline for submitting information required by the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule (July 22, 2015, FR) from September 30, 2016, to October 31, 2016. The Agency states that this is a onetime extension, applying only to the 2016 submission requirement. The amended deadline results from a request from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which stated in an August 30, 2016, letter to EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics that ACC members have experienced a wide variety of problems with EPA’s electronic CDR submission process, including validation delays, time-outs, program freezes, and restarts.
Promulgated by the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) to provide the Agency with basic exposure-related information on the types, quantities, and uses of chemical substances produced domestically and imported into the United States. Submissions constitute the most comprehensive source of basic screening-level, exposure-related information on chemicals available to the EPA. The information is collected every 4 years from manufacturers when production volumes for certain chemicals are 25,000 pounds or greater for a specific reporting year.