Economic Analysis In Support Of The Final Rule To Amend TSCA Section 12(B).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an amendment pursuant to section 12(b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2611(b). Section 12(b) requires that EPA be notified when exporters intend to ship a chemical substance or mixture to a particular country if certain TSCA regulatory actions have been taken. Upon receipt of a 12(b) submission from a manufacturer, EPA is required to furnish to the importing country an export notification which identifies the chemical substance to be exported and provides details of the associated TSCA regulatory action. Under the current program, foreign governments are supplied with one notice per chemical per calendar year, regardless of the number of shipments or companies exporting the chemical during the calendar year. EPA is concerned that the increasing number of section 12(b) notices received by EPA is resulting in an unnecessarily high burden on industry and EPA and is making decisionmaking more difficult for many foreign governments.
EPA is considering 5 potential amendments to reduce the burden on industry and EPA and improve the usefulness of the information sent to importing countries. The economic analysis estimated quantitatively the reduction in burden for 3 of the the 5 options but did not discuss the impacts on the usefulness of the information.
|Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances|
|Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics|
|Economics and Technology Division|