The American Coatings Association says the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun its review of a yet-to-be released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule that is expected to narrow the situations in which manufacturers could claim as confidential business information the identity of a chemical they intend to make under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The ACA reports that the EPA proposal would apply to chemical information manufacturers submit to the agency. According to EPA, the rule would “increase transparency related to chemicals and microorganisms undergoing review prior to the commencement of manufacture, and is also likely to increase the availability to the general public of health and safety data on chemicals in commerce.”
The ACA says according to a description on OMB's website, the proposed rule would make the situations for allowing confidentiality claims for a chemical or microorganism in health and safety studies submitted in manufacturers' pre-manufacture notices consistent with situations authorized by TSCA.
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