EPA Launches New Electronic Reporting Application for TSCA Chemical Export Notifications
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new application in the Central Data Exchange (CDX), the agency's electronic reporting site, that allows users to submit communications under section 12(b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) electronically. The application is located within the Chemical Safety and Pesticide Programs (CSPP) dataflow and will provide users with a more convenient and efficient way to submit the necessary information for these export notifications.
TSCA section 12(b) requires companies to notify EPA about the identity of a chemical being exported, the date the chemical will be shipped, and the country where the chemical will be exported. EPA, in turn, provides information about the exported chemical and EPA's related regulatory actions to the importing government.
The new application will improve the accuracy and quality of data submitted under section 12(b) because chemicals will be identified using EPA's Substance Registry Services (SRS), the agency's authoritative resource for information about chemicals and other substances. Previously, these types of communications were required to be sent to the agency in hard copy, a process that lacks chemical identity data validations. The application also includes substantiation validations if non-exempt TSCA confidential business information (CBI) claims are made. While the agency will continue to accept paper documents, EPA recommends submitting communications under TSCA section 12 (b) electronically when possible because of the data validations.
To access the electronic reporting application for chemical export notifications under TSCA section 12(b), log in to CDX at https://cdx.epa.gov/. If you have any questions regarding this new application, please call the CDX Helpdesk at 1-888-890-1995.
Learn more about TSCA requirements for exporting chemicals.