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Mid-Year Regulatory Submission Reminder

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Mar 29, 2016 3:45:38 PM

Just as we all take a deep breath after getting the CRTK submissions on March 1 --- now it is time to get started pulling together the information for the next round of submissions.  We’ve pulled together our Spring and Summer submission list.  Similar to our 1Q2016 Regulatory Submission Reminder, we detail information about the regulations that require submissions from mid-April through September 2016 along with specific dates to help you ensure that everything is submitted on time! 

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Topics: OSHA, EPA, TSCA, regulations, regulation, regulatory

Regulatory Submissions Reminder

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Jan 14, 2016 4:04:35 PM

Most domestic manufacturers and importers are required to provide submissions to the Federal EPA or their State environmental departments.  For some, it is a broad range of different government agencies. With so many regulatory submissions, it can be hard to keep them all straight, so we have compiled a list of which regulations and submissions are due for the first quarter of 2016. This list even includes specific dates to keep you right on track and help you ensure that everything is submitted on time!

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Topics: EPA, submission

January 1st Kick-off List for CRTK and TRI Reporting

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Jan 7, 2016 11:50:45 AM

Another calendar year!  Where does the time go?  After the holiday bustle has ended, my next task is to start gathering up receipts and records for income tax filing.  Just like taxes, our businesses face regulatory submission deadlines, reporting data from the past year, including Submission of the EPA Community Right to Know (CRTK) Survey and the Hazardous Waste Biennial Report (or Annual for some states), which are due March 1st. Also on the horizon, is the EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the New Jersey Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR) both due July 1st.

Just like holiday gift shopping, the compilation and reporting process is less stressful and yields better results, if I begin early and develop a strategy with deadlines in mind.  As such, here is my personal January 1st kick-off list that should make the time-consuming process of CRTK and TRI reporting easier to handle.   

1.  Start requesting and gathering all the information needed for these submittals:

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Topics: EPA, preparedness, TRI, CRTK, recordkeepinng, toxicity, waste, records

EPA Changes its EPCRA Section 312

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Aug 1, 2012 4:13:43 AM

June 13, 2012:  The EPA has changed its EPCRA Section 312 Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II), adding new requirements and optional data elements. The Environmental Protection Agency has also made revisions to some current data elements in the chemical reporting section, to streamline the process of reporting and making it easier for facilities, states, and local officials to abide by reporting requirements.



Its final ruling has the EPA adding new mandatory data elements to the Tier I and II forms as follows (an update from the EPA's Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP, and Oil Information Center):

“The facility's latitude and longitude; identification numbers assigned under the TRI program and risk management program; whether the facility is manned or unmanned; the maximum number of occupants present at the facility at any one time; whether the facility is subject to EPCRA Section 302 and the Clean Air Act Section 112(r) risk management program; contact information for the individual responsible for completing the forms; emergency coordinator contact information for facilities subject to EPCRA Section 302; and e-mail addresses for the owner or operator and emergency contact. The rule also revised the range codes on the forms for the maximum amount and the average daily amount of the hazardous chemical at the facility and added optional data elements for the facility phone number and parent company contact information.”

The changes also include items specific to the Tier II forms, with different data fields added to enable reports on pure chemicals and mixtures. In addition, facilities will be required to provide detailed descriptions of storage types and conditions, rather than previously-mandated codes. Revisions also include the new ability of facilities to report additional state or local requirements, or to voluntarily report hazardous chemicals lower than the current reporting thresholds.

This rule will become effective January 1, 2014. Facilities are required to comply with new regulations starting with reporting year 2013, and due March 1, 2014.

Additional information can be found at the EPA's website: www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/epcra
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Topics: Emilcott, EPCRA Section 312, General Industry H&S, General EHS, EPA, Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms, Clean Air Act Section 112, EPCRA

OMB review of OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Update

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jan 25, 2012 2:11:55 AM

The Office of Management and Budget received the final rule update for the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) on 10/25/11.  The 90 day review period is over but the review period has been recently extended.  There is no notice of the length of the extension and it should be noted that OMB has had the OSHA proposed Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica Standard for nearly a year, since 2/14/11, and it is still listed as having an extended review period.

You can view the rule at HERE

One of the changes is the inclusion of an “Unclassified Hazards” category; a definition is provided below.  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board recently released a statement supporting the Unclassified Hazard category to allow for inclusion of combustible dust hazards on safety data sheets and labeling.

“Unclassified hazard” means a chemical for which there is scientific evidence identified during the classification process that it may pose an adverse physical or health effect when present in a workplace under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency, but the evidence does not currently meet the specified criteria for physical or health hazard classification in this section. This does not include adverse physical and health effects for which there is a hazard class addressed in this section.

It should also be noted that EPA began to make amendments in November of last year to regulations for the "Protection in the Workplace" (40 CFR 721.63) and "Hazard Communication Program" (40 CFR 721.72) components of the Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances regulations at 40 CFR 721 to align them with the GHS changes in the OSHA Hazard Communications Standard.
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Topics: Emilcott, OSHA, OSHA Compliance, EPA, hazards

Regulatory Submissions & Postings Reminder (January thru April 2012)

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jan 24, 2012 1:55:08 AM

Here is a handy table we recently created for our clients — a gentle reminder to get organized! Even if you miss a deadline, it’s better to start playing catchup as soon as you find out that you are not in compliance.
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Topics: Emilcott, NPDES, OSHA, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, General Industry H&S, OSHA Compliance, General EHS, Construction H&S, EPA, EPCRA, Hazardous Waste Management, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, Toxic Substance Control Act, Biennial Hazardous Waste

Confidentiality and the 2012 CDR Submission

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Nov 26, 2011 9:55:13 PM

Paula Kaufmann, CIH


What are the basic criteria needed to support a confidentially claim on the 2012 CDR Submission? Any business with a trade secret or confidential chemical formula is definitely wondering about this very issue as they consider just how to file their 2012 CDR Form U.

The EPA has increased the requirements (as in, made it more challenging) for companies who want to justify a claim of Confidential Business Information (CBI) in their CDR submission. A summary of the CDR CBI criteria for 2012, along with the long list of questions that must be addressed to support this claim are as follows (from 40 CFR 2.208):

  • The business must show that disclosure of the information is likely to cause substantial harm to the business's competitive position.

  • The confidentiality claim must be valid at the date of submission.

  • The business can demonstrate that it has and still does protect the confidentiality of the information.

  • The information is not (and hasn’t been) obtainable by others without the business's consent.

  • No statute specifically requires disclosure of the information.


What information can be claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) on the 2012 CDR Submission?



  • Site

    • Identity of the manufacturing or importing site linked with a reportable chemical substance.  Site name, address, city, county, state, zip code, and Dun & Bradstreet number are protected.

    • The company name must also be claimed as confidential to protect the link between the chemical identity and the company name.





  • Chemical Substance

    • Specific identity of a chemical substance (including Accession Number) -- only if EPA treats the identity of that chemical substance as confidential on the TSCA Inventory.





  • Processing and Use Information

    • Data associated with the processing and use information -- if you think this information would reveal trade secrets or confidential commercial or financial information.




What needs to be substantiated for the confidentiality claim to be accepted (honored) by the EPA?

All claims need to be substantiated at the time of submission. A blank response or a response that is designated as “not known or reasonably ascertainable” may not be claimed as confidential.  There are specific questions for each type of claim as shown below -

Site

  1. Has site information been linked with a chemical identity in any other Federal, State or local reporting scheme? For example, is the chemical identity linked to a facility in a filing under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know ACT (EPCRA) section 311, namely through a Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)? If so, identify all such schemes.  Was the linkage claimed as confidential in any of these instances?

  2. What harmful effect, if any, to your competitive position or to your customer’s competitive position do you think would result from disclosure of the processing and use data and the chemical substance? How could a competitor use such information? Would the effects of disclosure be substantial? What is the causal relationship between the disclosure and the harmful effects?


Chemical Identity – the substantiation must be provided for each chemical substance claimed to be CBI

  1. What harmful effects to your competitive position, if any, or to your supplier’s competitive position, do you think would result from the identity of the chemical substance being disclosed in connection with reporting under the CDR? How could a competitor use such information? Would the effects of disclosure be substantial? What is the causal relationship between the disclosure and the harmful effects?

  2. For how long should confidential treatment be given? Until a specific date, the occurrence of a specific event, or permanently? Why?

  3. Has the chemical substance been patented? If so, have you granted licenses to others with respect to the patent as it applies to the chemical substance? If the chemical substance has been patented, and therefore disclosed through the patent, why should it be treated as confidential?

  4. Has the identity of the chemical substance been kept confidential to the extent that your competitors do not know it is being manufactured or imported for a commercial purpose by anyone?

  5. Is the fact that the chemical substance is being manufactured (including imported) for a commercial purpose available to the public, for example, in technical journals, libraries, or State, local, or Federal agency public files?

  6. What measures have you taken to prevent undesired disclosure of the fact that the chemical substance is being manufactured (including imported) for a commercial purpose?

  7. To what extent has the fact that this chemical substance is manufactured (including imported) for commercial purposes been revealed to others? What precautions have been taken regarding these disclosures? Have there been public disclosures or disclosures to competitors?

  8. Does this particular chemical substance leave the site of manufacture (including import) in any form (e.g., as product, effluent, emission)? If so, what measures have been taken to guard against the discovery of its identity?

  9. If the chemical substance leaves the site in a product that is available to the public or your competitors can the chemical substance be identified by analysis of the product?

  10. For what purpose do you manufacture (including import) the chemical substance?

  11. Has EPA, another Federal agency, or any Federal court made any pertinent confidentiality determinations regarding this chemical substance? If so, please attach copies of such determinations.


Processing and Use Information - the substantiation must be provided for each process and use claimed to be CBI for a specific chemical substance

  1. Is the identified use of this chemical substance publicly known? Has your company ever provided use information on the chemical substance that was not claimed as confidential?

  2. What harmful effect, if any, to your competitive position or to your customer’s competitive position do you think would result from disclosure of the processing and use data and the chemical substance? How could a competitor use such information? Would the effects of disclosure be substantial? What is the causal relationship between the disclosure and the harmful effects?

  3. Obviously, manufacturers and other businesses who filed a CBI in 2006 must revisit their eligibility for their 2012 filing. And, to continue their eligibility, consideration for the extra time and effort to prepare the required substantiation documentation. To put it in a nutshell, with the number and depth of the EPA’s questions that are involved, you better be prepared prior to making a CBI claim!


Did you file a CBI claim last year? Are you going to file a CBI claim for the same chemicals this year? If so, are you allowing for extra time (and budget!) to gather the substantiation information together? If not, why not?
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Topics: EPA, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., CDR, CBI, chemical substance, Confidential Business Information, 2012, submission

Insights on the EPA’s TSCA 2012 CDR Requirements

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Nov 21, 2011 3:25:11 PM

Paula Kaufmann, CIH

The EPA hosted a 3-hour webinar on November 16, 2011 that reviewed the reporting process for the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule with a focus on joint reporting, considerations related to the reporting of byproducts, and updated information about registering for electronic reporting and for using the electronic reporting tool/  The EPA has posted the presentation slides online and expects to have a recording of the webinar available for viewing by December 1.

Webinar Take Aways – Still Many Questions




  • The Agency has prepared a detailed instruction manual for the 2012 CDR that presents the reporting requirements using a decision logic diagram.

  • Registration for the EPA Central Data Exchange (CDX) for CDR submission is scheduled to be opened on December 1.  The sign-up link will be posted on the IUR/CDR Home Page. (Emilcott will also post it on our TSCA Resource Web Page.)

  • e-CDR web, the CDR reporting tool, is scheduled to be available in January.

  • The TSCA Substance Registry Services (SRS) will be updated in January.

  • Additional resources will continue to be posted at www.epa.gov/cdr.

  • A few of the new requirements highlighted during the presentation brought in many questions during the subsequent 2-hour webinar Q&A – specifically concerning Contract Manufacturing, Joint Submission, and byproducts reporting.


Some of the questions not answered during the webinar that we found of particular interest are:

  • What are the reporting responsibilities for toll manufacturers where the volume of a chemical made for one customer is less than 25,000 lbs but they manufacture for several customers putting the cumulative volume above the threshold?

  • What does one do since the XML Schema that is currently posted does not function properly, and is stated to be the final version?

  • Does starting material that is recycled (and reused) need to be reported since the material was not manufactured at the site?

  • If off-specification material is reprocessed, does the material gained from the reprocessing get reported as a byproduct or is it included in the overall production volume?

  • How does one account for non-isolated intermediates that are isolated and then reprocessed due to maintenance activities or upset conditions?

  • What are the reporting responsibilities for an importer if the supplier does not agree to be a joint submitter?


As the reporting period nears we will be taking a careful look at the rationales and explanations provided in the Preamble to the Final Rule as the buck stops with the final rule as published.

If you need guidance for the EPA TSCA 2012 CDR Submission, Emilcott offers three helpful options

  1. Contact Emilcott  directly with your questions about TSCA or other regulatory issues.

  2. Subscribe to our free TSCA newsletter which delivers TSCA-related information just like this right to your mailbox.

  3. Register for our free Dec 6 webinar:  Do You Understand TSCA 2012 CDR Requirements?


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Topics: EPA, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, 2012, submission, Preamble, Webinar, final rule, November 16

EPA TSCA Regulatory Update: A Preview of the CDR Form U Submission Tool

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Oct 18, 2011 11:02:45 PM

aula Kaufman, CIH
If you are a foreign or domestic business in the US who is either a chemical importer (resells for use in blending, repackaging) or chemical manufacturer (make new chemicals out of chemicals purchased from others with the exception for pharmaceutical companies), this update is about mandatory compliance with the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), specifically filing the 2012 TSCA Form U “Chemical Data Report”.

Emilcott recently participated in an industry preview (the unveiling!) of the e-CDRweb tool.  Based on this peek, we are optimistic that the tool will be functional and surmountable IF all the required information is gathered together prior to preparing the submission.  As a test run, we entered simulated data and found the online tool to be logical and the built-in validation system should assist submitters with identifying inconsistent or incomplete entries.

Our conclusion: The difficulty will most likely not be the use of the e-CDRweb tool, the greater challenge will be the effort and time required to gather the right data needed for the submission.

Our advice: START GATHERING THE REQUIRED DATA NOW!!

Start with the following 2010 and 2011 inventory and volume data:

  • Review the Form U data needed, consider the time you will need to obtain these data, and then allow additional time for getting follow-up, incomplete or missing information.

  • Determine Co-Submitters for chemicals that are toll manufactured.

  • Get the CAS number for all chemicals at or above the 25,000 lb threshold. Prescient warning:  the need to submit a CAS number or accession number for each chemical may require significant effort and time for submitters with suppliers that list “confidential” for the component.

    • Define which suppliers will need to be joint submitters.

    • Discuss and agree upon this with the supplier.




Get the CDX registration and authorizations completed… a multi-step, multi-party and possibly lengthy process.

  • CDX registration for e-CDRweb will be available on November 1, 2011.

  • Primary Authorized Official must be registered first as this activates the account.

    • Designate the Primary Support



  • Establish the Secondary Authorized Officials (joint submitters) by chemical substance


In summary, if you were to compare filing the EPA’s TSCA submission to the IRS’s income tax form, the e-CDRweb tool is definitely going to be easier. However, understanding what to get and where to get it and then digging up the required information for the TSCA submission is going to be challenge.

If you need guidance with what data you should for the EPA TSCA 2012 CDR Submission, please contact Emilcott!

You can also subscribe to our free TSCA e-newsletter which delivers information right to your mailbox. Want more info? Enroll for our free Dec webinar by sending an email to [email protected].

Feel free to post any questions below in the comments section and we will respond quickly.
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Topics: EPA, Compliance, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, Toxic Substance Control Act, submission, IUR, cdx, chemical manufacturer, Secondary Authorized Official, chemical data report, regulation, Primary Authorized Official, eCDRweb

What You Need to Know: TSCA 2012 CDR Form U Submission

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Oct 11, 2011 11:39:31 PM

Paula Kaufmann, CIH
If you are a foreign or domestic business in the US who is either a chemical importer (resells for use in blending, repackaging) or chemical manufacturer (make new chemicals out of chemicals purchased from others with the exception for pharmaceutical companies), this update is about mandatory compliance with the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), specifically filing the 2012 TSCA Form U “Chemical Data Report”.

Information about the new TSCA CDR Form U reporting tool is rolling in from the EPA.  On September 23 rd the Agency hosted an hour-long webinar in which the 2012 CDR reporting requirements were reviewed and the use of the electronic Form U reporting tool (“e-CDRweb”) was demonstrated. If you missed the webinar or need a rewind, both the presentation materials and recorded webinar have been posted by the EPA at IUR/CDR – About Submissions.

Webinar Take Aways



  • The Agency is emphasizing two new reporting requirements:

    • The standard of “known to or reasonably ascertainable by” for processing and use information (formerly “readily obtainable”)

    • The upfront Confidential Business Information (CBI) substantiation



  • Both the company that contracts for the manufacture AND the toll manufacturer are now considered to be the co-manufacturers of that chemical substance

  • The e-CDRweb tool is designed for joint reporting and has very specific requirements for supplier-EPA communication. Joint reporting is specifically for those instances where a supplier will not disclose the specific chemical name (or TSCA accession number) of a chemical substance or a reactant used to manufacture the TSCA chemical substance because the name is claimed confidential.

  • Registration with the EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) is required prior to accessing e-CDRweb.

    • CDX registration requires the completion of an electronic signature agreement (ESA) form that foreign suppliers must submit by mail.

    • CDX registration for e-CDRweb will be available on November 1, 2011.

    • CDX registration is a multi-part process.



  • The EPA will be providing support for use of the new e-CDRweb tool.

    • A training webinar is tentatively scheduled for November 2011.

    • Comprehensive instructions for the 2012 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting are now online.




To summarize, the e-CDRweb tool looks like it is a much friendlier submittal tool than its predecessor, e-IURweb. The gotcha will be in the preparation of the materials so that the submittal process is easy. Like many other federal filings, understanding what to submit and why may be much more complicated than the actual filing process. The requirements that changed from the 2006 to 2012 range wildly from subtle and minor to extensive and complex.

Did you participate in the EPA’s e-CDRweb webinar? What did you think? Are there any particular “gotchas” that caught your eye?

If you need guidance with what data you should for the EPA TSCA 2012 CDR Submission, please contact Emilcott for help

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section and we will respond quickly.
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Topics: EPA, Compliance, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, Toxic Substance Control Act, submission, IUR, reporting, Form U, cdx, regulation, eCDRweb, central data exchange

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