American Chemistry Council responds to proposed EPA New Chemicals Program Procedural Rule, emphasizing need for timeliness and predictability in new chemical reviews; group also notes policy should not affect supply chain

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May 17, 2023 (press release) –

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2023) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed New Chemicals Program Procedural Rule:

“A well-functioning, reliable and efficient TSCA New Chemicals program is foundational to manufacturing the new and innovative products and materials we rely upon every day, including chemistries critical to semiconductors, clean energy, EV’s, solar and wind here in the United States.

“Upon a quick initial review, EPA’s proposal looks to include a codification of approaches the Agency is already taking in its implementation of the New Chemicals Program. That said, we plan to review the proposal further and provide detailed comments to the public docket. It is also critical that EPA and the Executive Branch ensure that the TSCA New Chemicals program policies do not negatively affect the supply chain and manufacturer’s ability to bring new and innovative products and materials to market.

“Ultimately, EPA must expeditiously improve the timeliness and predictability for new chemicals reviews, enhance Agency engagement with TSCA submitters and the regulated community, maintain critical exemptions, and provide clear and concise direction on what information is required of new chemical submitters.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

 

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