Opportunities This Month to Learn More About EPA’s Fees for TSCA Risk Evaluations

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its preliminary lists of manufacturers that are subject to the fee obligations for EPA-initiated risk evaluations under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  We wrote extensively about the fee obligations here, and my prior post discussed the potential impact of the fee requirements on importers of articles.  Because Wiley has received many inquiries about the TSCA fee obligations, we want to share with you two opportunities for you to engage EPA and learn more about these requirements. 

First, on Monday, February 24, at 12:30-1:00 p.m. (EST), EPA is hosting a conference call to review certain provisions of the TSCA Fees Rule and give a brief overview of the fees associated with an EPA-initiated risk evaluation, the entities subject to fees, requirements for self-identification, and how fees will be divided among those identified on final lists.  You may submit questions in advance to Ryan Schmit at schmit.ryan@epa.gov.  If time permits, EPA will answer additional questions from attendees.  To attend, call the following number and enter the conference ID:  877-317-0679 (ID:  337 22 49).

Second, on Friday, February 28, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is holding an Environmental Roundtable meeting that will allow all interested persons to listen to an EPA presentation on the TSCA risk evaluation fees and ask questions of the agency.  Specifically, starting at 11:00 a.m. (EST), EPA’s Mark Hartman, the Deputy Director for Management in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), will discuss the agency’s preliminary lists of manufacturers and the TSCA Fees Rule.  Even though SBA has allotted an hour on the agenda for this issue, it would not be surprising if the discussion exceeds the anticipated time – especially given it is the last agenda item for the Roundtable.  SBA is holding this Roundtable in the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Hearing Room (428A Russell Senate Office Building).  You should send your RSVP to david.rostker@sba.gov and indicate whether you plan to attend in person or by teleconference.


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