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December 20, 2005


New Reporting Cycle

Chemical makers must supply production data to EPA every five years, rather than every four years

Cheryl Hogue

Photo by Cheryl Hogue

Beginning in 2006, chemical manufacturers will have to report key production information to the Environmental Protection Agency every five years, instead of every four years, as they have done for two decades.

By switching the cycle of these reports from every four years to twice a decade, companies will save money "while still meeting the agency's basic information needs," EPA said in a regulation issued Dec. 19. A number of chemical companies and chemical industry trade associations supported this change.

EPA collects the data on domestic production, importation, processing, and use of commercial chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This requirement applies to substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 25,000 lb or more annually at any single site.

Chemical manufacturers are due to send EPA their next reports in late 2006. Although the reports have always covered organic substances, the 2006 submissions will be the first to include data on inorganic compounds.

In the upcoming reports, companies must report the domestic production quantity for a chemical separately from the amount of the same substance they import. Previously, companies lumped together manufacturing and importation information for each chemical.

There may be further changes in store for these reports. The agency said it is mulling over a suggestion that companies supply annual production volumes for each of the five years in the reporting cycle. Currently, companies collate this information for the entire reporting cycle.

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