US EPA Extends Deadline for Chemical Data Reporting Rule Until August 2012

    View Author June 2012
    The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 11, 2012 that it is extending the deadline for submissions under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule for roughly six weeks from June 30 until August 13, 2012. Agency officials had declined before now to extend the deadline, despite numerous requests from companies subject to the CDR rule and members of Congress. In the prepublication Federal Register Notice issued by the agency yesterday, US EPA said that it was extending the deadline “to allow the reporters associated with byproducts to understand and determine their reporting obligations and to allow the regulated community to adjust to electronic reporting and submit their reports.” A number of companies had complained about lack of clarity in the byproducts reporting requirement in the CDR, as well as technical problems with US EPA’s central data exchange (CDX) network. US EPA stated: “With respect to the timing of this action, the need for the Agency to extend the deadline arose, in part, as a result of issues experienced by the regulated community with several aspects of electronic reporting that were brought to the Agency’s attention only recently.” US EPA says that this is a “one-time extension.” The prepublication Federal Register Notice was signed by Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator for US EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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