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Emilcott TSCA Resource Center Expands with More Info and Options

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Oct 26, 2011 3:56:01 PM

Paula Kaufmann, CIH

TSCA questions are pouring in and we are responding.  To ensure that the information is available in a reasonable (and non-overwhelming) way, Emilcott has created a TSCA resource section of our web site for centralizing all kinds of intelligence, notifications, links, and summaries about Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR).

All these pages (just click on the headers) are available from the Emilcott Home page but we suggest you bookmark the pages that are most relevant and don’t forget to register for our December 6th Free Webinar!

Emilcott TSCA Resource Center

The TSCA Resource Center has moved from the Emilcott home page to a new page – lots of information including all our TSCA-related EHSwire blogs (CDR and IUR) and EPA Chemical Data Reporting Links, EPA New Chemicals Links, and EPA Import/Export Links. This page will stay updated so that you have a one-stop location for all TSCA information. If you have specific issues you’d like to see addressed here, please let us know.

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Topics: Compliance, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, Toxic Substance Control Act, IUR, violation, regulations, questions, filing, reporting, Chemical Data Reporting, Form U

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

  • You can also subscribe to our free TSCA e-newsletter which delivers TSCA-related information right to your mailbox.

  • Want more info? Enroll for our free Dec webinar by sending an email to

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

Start collecting data for your 2012 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting submission now!

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Sep 19, 2011 1:29:14 AM

by Paula Kaufmann

We just had our first cold weather snap in the northeast reminding me that 2012 is just around the corner.  A change in the seasons is our cue to ask Emilcott clients that manufacture or import chemicals:   Have you gathered the 2010 chemical volume data AND are you collecting the 2011 data needed for the 2012 TSCA Chemical Data Report?

In a previous blog we summarized the basic requirements of the inventory, production volume and use i nformation that needs to be collected for the EPA’s TSCA 2012 Chemical Data Report (CDR). You can find this “bare bones chart” by clicking here.  The EPA recently presented the following key requirements  in this document  “ Instructions for the 2012 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting


  • The determination of the need to report is based on production volume during calendar year 2011.

  • Information on the reportable chemical substance must be reported during the 2012 CDR submission period, February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012 (40 CFR 711.20).

  • All reporting companies must report CDR data electronically, using e-CDRweb, the CDR web-based reporting tool, and EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system. Prior to submitting data, submitters must register with CDX.

  • Reporting is required for all chemical substances listed on the TSCA Inventory, both organic and inorganic, other than polymers, microorganisms, naturally occurring chemical substances, certain forms of natural gas, and water (40 CFR 711.5 and 711.6) when manufacture (including import) of those chemical substances meets the other reporting requirements. Chemical substances that are the subject of any of certain listed TSCA actions may not be eligible for partial or full exemptions (40 CFR 711.6).

  • Manufacturers (including importers) are required to report full manufacturing data, for calendar year 2011, and production volume only, for calendar year 2010, for all reportable chemical substances, when 2011 site-specific production volume equals or exceeds 25,000 lb (40 CFR 711.15(b)).

  • Manufacturers (including importers) are required to report processing and use data, for calendar year 2011, for all reportable chemical substances, when 2011 site-specific production volume equals or exceeds 100,000 lb (40 CFR 711.15(b)). Inorganic chemical substances are no longer exempt from the reporting of processing and use information.

  • Small manufacturers are exempt from CDR requirements unless they manufacture (including import) 25,000 lb or more of a chemical substance that is the subject of a rule proposed or promulgated under sections 4, 5(b)(4), or 6 of TSCA, or is the subject of an order in effect under section 5(e) of TSCA, or is the subject of relief that has been granted under a civil action under sections 5 or 7 of TSCA (40 CFR 711.9) and (TSCA §8(a)(3)(A)(ii)). See Appendix B for further information.

  • Information submitted under CDR may be claimed as confidential; however, such claims must be made at the time of submission and substantiated in accordance with the CDR rule. Submitters must provide upfront substantiation of confidentiality claims for processing and use information as well as for confidentiality claims for site or chemical identity. A blank response or a response that is designated as “not known or reasonably ascertainable” may not be claimed as confidential (40 CFR 711.30).

The EPA is frequently adding information to their Inventory Update Reporting and Chemical Data Reporting Resource page.  And Emilcott will continue to update our TSCA Resource Center with helpful information -- check in often!

If you need guidance with the information that you should be gathering (starting now!) for the EPA TSCA 2012 CDR Submission, please contact Emilcott!.You can also subscribe to our TSCA newsletter to be kept up to date and enroll for our free webinar (date to be announced soon) by sending an email to  Feel free to post any questions below in the comments section and we will respond quickly.
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Topics: Emilcott, General EHS, EPA, Compliance, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, Toxic Substance Control Act, submission, IUR, Form U, chemical manufacturer, importer

August 2011 Update on the TSCA IUR-now-CDR Rule

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Aug 12, 2011 9:00:19 AM

by Paula Kaufmann

Upcoming TSCA Reporting Period:  February 1 - June 30, 2012.

As of August 6, the EPA has finalized the TSCA IUR -- now named the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) – Rule. There are many changes with the TSCA IUR to CDR  … some of these will be in place for the 2012 reporting submission and many more for the 2016 submission.

The final rule adopted many of the requirements included in the proposed rule (see What are the Changes?) -- and, thankfully, the majority are not retroactive. At Emilcott, we are asking our clients to define what needs to be collected for the 2012 submission period with 2011 as the Principal Reporting Year. If your facility uses chemicals or is an importer who falls under TSCA’s CDR guidelines (remember, they’ve changed!), your company will need to collect more data and information than that originally planned for the 2011 IUR submission. The chart below is a bare bones list of the inventory, production volume and use information that needs to be collected for the 2012 Chemical Data Report (CDR). And, as stated earlier, your 2016 submission will have even more requirements.

Submit Your Form U Electronically

For the 2012 CDF, all submissions will be required to use the EPA’s free, web-based reporting tool, e-CDRweb, for completion of Form U. In preparation, the EPA will schedule another informational webinar on the electronic submission tool in late September with beta trials completed by early October. Please ask Emilcott if you will need help with the Form U filing.

Additional TSCA Information

Emilcott has set up an online “ TSCA Resource Center” and over the next few weeks will be creating a dedicated TSCA landing page to contain all the information related to both the CDR Final Rule and other TSCA New and Existing Chemicals topics. Links to all EHSWire TSCA blogs will also be located there for quick reference. If you have any questions or would like to consider Emilcott as a TSCA consultant, please give us a call at 973-538-1110 or send an email to

Did you miss the TSCA 2006 Form U submission?

You must notify the EPA that you missed reporting for the 2006 IUR within 21 days of your discovery.  The EPA has an Audit Policy for Self-Disclosure in which drastic fine reduction is possible if the requirements outlined by the Agency are met.  This policy is presented on the EPA Compliance Incentive and Auditing web site ( If you would like help, Emilcott has been brought in to work with multiple US and International clients with US facilities that inadvertently missed the Form U deadline due to either misunderstanding or ignorance of the regulations. Our advice is to not wait!
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Topics: Emilcott, General EHS, EPA, Compliance, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, Toxic Substance Control Act, submission, IUR, Form U, chemical manufacturer, importer

BREAKING NEWS: New EPA TSCA Inventory Update Requirements (IUR) for 2012

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Aug 3, 2011 3:17:14 PM

Paula Kaufmann, CIH

Highlights That You Should Know

  • The 2012 Submission Period is scheduled to occur February 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012.

  • Production (manufacture or import) volumes are required for 2010 and 2011--- with manufacturing, processing and use information from 2011.

  • TSCA Form U impacts all chemical manufacturers and importers and certain chemical users and processors.

  • IUR is now called CDR “Chemical Data Reporting” Rule.

  • The CDR Rule includes significant changes.

Reporting thresholds are for (a) substances in cumulative volumes of 25,000 lbs or more in the specific reporting year (2010, 2011) and (b) p rocessing and use information for substances manufactured (including imported) 100,000 lbs (not 300,000 lbs) or more in 2011.

How to Stay Up-to-Date with Incoming TSCA Information*

Now that EPA has scheduled the submission period and defined what has to be reported, and how it must be done, Emilcott’s EHS group is compiling a centralized, online resource to help our clients complete the reporting process accurately and on time. As they become available, these materials will be emailed to Emilcott  TSCA News Update subscribers or upon request:

  • A comprehensive summary of the revised requirements and critical changes to the 2012 Form U submission (available upon request within a week). 

  • Notification of EPA seminars and other TSCA-related information activities. Emilcott will create updates for these sessions as they occur.

  • Free informational TSCA-related CDR Rule Form U webinars.

Visit our TSCA Resource Center on the Emilcott home page frequently for EPA docs and other TSCA links.
*Continued technical information, updates and webinar invitations will be sent to subscribers of Emilcott's TSCA News Update. To subscribe or find out more information, call 800-886-3645 or send an email to pkaufmann (at)

Additional Questions?

If you need any assistance related to the TSCA New Chemicals regulatory requirements or the potential changes due to the IUR/CDR Rule, Emilcott can guide you through the reporting process. Have questions about your 2006 TSCA Submission (or lack of)? We can also help you navigate the maze of reporting a potential Form U violation from prior filing years to the EPA. If you are gearing up for TSCA information gathering, subscribe to the Emilcott   TSCA News Update, check the Emilcott TSCA Resource Center often, and, of course, stay tuned and subscribe to EHSWire!
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Topics: EPA, TSCA & R.E.A.C.H., TSCA, CDR, submission, IUR, Form U

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