EPA is proposing to add a nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) category to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. This proposal, if finalized, would expand the scope of chemicals subject to reporting and provide communities with more complete information on toxic chemical releases.
NPEs are nonionic surfactants used in adhesives, wetting agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, dispersants, defoamers, cleaners, paints, and coatings. The widespread use of NPE surfactants has resulted in their release to surface waters.
EPA believes NPEs meet the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Section 313 environmental effects listing criterion due to their toxicity to aquatic organisms. EPA will accept comments for 60 days from the date the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register. For more information on the proposed rule and the TRI Program, please visit https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/addition-npes-category-tri-list-proposed-rule
TRI: It's Your Right to Know
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