On April 8, 2016, US EPA issued a final significant new use rule (SNUR) for trichloroethylene (TCE). The TCE SNUR requires anyone manufacturing, importing or processing TCE for use in a consumer product to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any such manufacturing, importation or processing.
TCE is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is classified as a human carcinogen. EPA estimates that 250 million pounds of TCE are either produced or imported into the US annually. TCE is used as a solvent, a refrigerant and in dry cleaning fluid.
The TCE SNUR is designed to ensure that consumer products with TCE do not enter the marketplace before EPA has an opportunity to review them (except for those uses exempted in the SNUR).