U.S. EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Compliance Guide for Imported Articles Containing LCPFAC

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December 22, 2020Regulatory Research GroupBlog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on its new draft compliance guide for imported articles with surface coatings containing long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) substances. Comments must be submitted on or before 15 January 2021.

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The EPA is requesting public comments on its new draft compliance guide, which was released following its 27 July 2020 finalization of a significant new use rule (SNUR) for LCPFAC substances identified under Section 5(a) the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2604(a). This SNUR went into effect on 25 September 2020.

The EPA's draft compliance guide provides additional clarity on what is meant by a "surface coating," identifies which entities are regulated under the new rule, describes the activities that are required or prohibited and summarizes the notification requirements of the final SNUR. View the draft compliance guide

Business Impact
This SNUR and draft compliance guide affects businesses that import articles containing LCPFAC chemical substances as part of a surface coating.

Businesses that may be impacted include: 

  • Manufacturers (including importers) of one or more of subject chemical substances (e.g., chemical manufacturing and petroleum refineries)
  • Fiber, yarn, and thread mills
  • Carpet and rug mills
  • Home furnishing merchant wholesalers 
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning services 
  • Manufacturers of computer and other electronic products, appliances, and components 
  • Manufacturers of surgical and medical instruments 
  • Merchant wholesalers 
  • Stores and retailers
  • Providers of other support services

Please submit all comments via Docket No. EPA–HQ–OPPT–2013–0225 at the Federal eRulemaking Portal on or before 15 January 2021.