For a rulemaking process required by the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), ISRI recently accepted EPA’s invitation to participate in the required federal advisory committee to address the reportability of inorganic byproducts under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) regulations.
The 2016 LCSA requires EPA to conduct and finish within 3 ½ years a negotiated rulemaking process to address the reportability of inorganic byproducts (e.g., steel slag) produced by and recycled by member facilities (e.g., steel mills). Such inorganic byproducts are not reportable when sent for disposal, but are reportable when recycled. (This issue is different than the reportability of imported scrap metal for recycling, which this rulemaking process will not address.) In earlier comments to EPA, ISRI argued that reporting of recycled inorganic byproducts should be eliminated because it is a regulatory disincentive to recycling. The advisory committee will first meet early May and hold several meetings during 2017, all in Washington, DC. ISRI seeks to eliminate the reporting of inorganic byproducts, as well as imported scrap metal (by another process). Also, EPA just announced a May 1, 2017 webinar from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT to obtain feedback on the 2016 CDR process and requirements for improving CDR for the 2020 submission period. The deadline to register to participate is Wednesday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Feedback may also be provided to EPA via e-mail.
For more information about these events or CDR more generally, please contact David L. Wagger, Chief Scientist / Director of Environmental Management at (202) 662-8533.