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U.S. tightens chemical reporting rules

Published by Steve Coleman on August 03, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is increasing the scope of information it collects from chemical manufacturers.

The chemical data reporting rule will require companies to submit information to the EPA electronically over the Internet, rather than by paper and puts new limits on any confidentiality claims companies will be able to make.

"Collecting this critical information on widely used chemicals will enable EPA to more effectively identify and address potential chemical risks," Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention said in a release. "The new electronic reporting requirement and limits on confidentiality claims also will bring EPA's data collection effort into the 21st Century and give the American people greater access to a wider range of information on chemicals to which their children and families are exposed every day."

Companies will be required to start following the new reporting requirements in the next data submission period, which will occur February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.

More information about the CDR Rule and reporting program is available at



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