Comment Period Extended for Proposed Updates to TSCA Fees Rule
For Release: February 19, 2021
EPA is extending the public comment period on proposed updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fees Rule to give stakeholders more time to review and comment. The current comment period was set to close on February 25, 2021, and EPA is extending the comment period an additional 30 days. Comments can be submitted to docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2020-0493 on www.regulations.gov.
EPA will use these comments to inform the final rule, which the agency plans to issue this year.
The 2016 amendments to TSCA provides EPA with expanded authority to collect fees from chemical manufacturers, importers, and in some cases, processors, to help defray the costs associated with overall TSCA implementation efforts. TSCA further requires EPA to establish a fee structure by rule. EPA finalized the TSCA Fees Rule in October 2018. TSCA also directs EPA to review and, if necessary, adjust fees every three years.
In March 2020, the agency announced its plan to initiate a new rulemaking process to update the fees rule to resolve implementation issues raised by stakeholders. The proposed updates to the rule released in December 2020 address these issues.