SGS Reminds Manufacturers of the US EPA’s New Final Rules for Five Hazardous Substances

Top Quote A look at the US EPA’s new final rules for five hazardous chemicals that came into effect on February 5, 2021. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 25, 2021 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published five final rules in January 2021 that cover five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals.

    The chemicals and their uses are:
    • 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol (2,4,6-TTBP) – an antioxidant in fuel additives and fuel injector cleaners as well as an additive in oil and lubricants
    • Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) – a flame retardant with applications in wire and cable rubber casings, textiles, electronic equipment casings, building and construction materials, and imported articles such as aerospace and automotive parts
    • Phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP 3:1) – a flame retardant in plastics and as a functional fluid in aircraft and industrial machinery
    • Pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP) – a substance with applications in the rubber industry
    • Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) – a solvent in rubber manufacturing and in hydraulic, heat transfer or transformer fluid

    The final rules were published in the Federal Register (86 FR 866-932) on January 6, 2021. They amend Subpart E – Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals to 40 CFR 751 on Regulations of Certain Chemical Substances and Mixtures Under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    The revisions include a variety of provisions of which stakeholders should be aware. These include restrictions, prohibitions, record-keeping requirements, phase-in prohibitions for specific uses of DecaBDE and DecaBDE-containing products or articles, phase-in prohibitions for specific uses of PIP (3:1) and PIP (3:1)-containing products and articles, exemptions as well as downstream notifications for safety data sheets (SDSs) or the labeling of PIP (3:1) and PIP (3:1)-containing products.

    The final rules came into effect on February 5, 2021. Stakeholders should review the original SGS SafeGuard 019/21 to learn more about the specifics of each final rule.

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    HingWo Tsang
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