On July 29, 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is adding an extra 31 days to the comment period for proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Comments are now due by September 27, 2021. The extension was requested by stakeholders to give more time to “thoroughly review and analyze the proposed rule’s scope and its supporting documents.” According to the EPA “commenters are encouraged to provide comments and feedback related to the proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements … including the scope of PFAS covered by the rule” and the extent of health and environmental effects that should be collected.
Under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the proposal would require a one-time report from any manufacturer that has produced PFAS between January 1, 2011, and the date the proposal is finalized. This also includes manufacture where PFAS was a byproduct. Manufacturers would need to provide “information related to chemical identity and structure, production, use, exposure, disposal, and health and environmental effects.”
EPA (August 3, 2021). “TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Extension of Comment Period.” Federal Register
EPA (June 28, 2021). “TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.” Federal Register