EPA Releases New Guide on Imported Articles Containing Surface Coatings Subject to LCPFAC SNUR

EPA has released its final compliance guide for imported articles containing surface coatings subject to the LCPFAC chemical substances SNUR.


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On January 19, 2021 the EPA released its final compliance guide for imported articles containing surface coatings subject to the long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances significant new use rule (SNUR).

In July 2020, the EPA issued a final significant new use rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances that imposes notification and other regulatory requirements on the manufacture, import or processing of certain new uses of PFOA and its salts and a list of twenty specified LCPFAC. The LCPFAC substances subject to the SNUR do not include PFOS or 6:2 FTS, the substances used in fume suppressants in the surface finishing industry. A copy of the SNUR is available at:  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2013-0225-0232

Although importers and processors of a chemical substance as part of an  article are generally exempted from SNURs, this SNUR also includes imported articles that may contain surface coatings with these specified LCPFAC substances.  In addition, ongoing uses of LCPFAC are not subject to the SNUR.  Only those uses that arose after the January 21, 2015 publication of the  proposed rule are significant new uses that require notification and review by EPA pursuant to this SNUR.

Compliance Guide for LCPFAC SNUR

The EPA’s final compliance guide that was released on January 19 provides clarification on what articles are subject to the SNUR and what constitutes a surface coating subject to the SNUR. A copy of the guidance is available at:  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-01/documents/final_lcpfac-snur_surface-coating-compliance-guide_0.pdf

Impact of LCPFAC SNUR and Guide on NASF Members

In summary, articles that may contain PFOS and 6:2 FTS would not be impacted by this SNUR and would still be exempt from EPA’s notification and review requirements. Accordingly, this SNUR should not substantially impact NASF and its members. If you have any questions or would like additional information on the SNUR, please contact Jeff Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com

This article is courtesy of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF). For more information or to become a member, visit nasf.org.