Federal agencies Chemical Manufacturing

EPA requests input on proposed significant new use rules for 45 chemicals


Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency, in accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is seeking comment on proposed significant new use rules for 45 chemical substances that are subject to agency premanufacture notices.

A notice published in the Oct. 9 Federal Register states that each rule “would require persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing the manufacture or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity proposed as a significant new use.” Advance notice will allow the agency to regulate the intended use as needed, according to EPA.


EPA proposed “protection in the workplace” as a significant new use for a vast majority of the substances.

Comments are due Nov. 9.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)