EPA TSCA Implements TSCA Fees Rule
November 6, 2018
On September 27, 2018 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The final rule became effective on October 18, 2018. Under the final rule, affected businesses begin incurring fees on October 1, 2018.

Under TSCA, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) in 2016, the fees provide a sustainable source of funding to defray implementation costs. These fees would go toward developing risk evaluations for existing chemicals; collecting and reviewing toxicity and exposure data and other information; reviewing Confidential Business Information (CBI); and, making determinations in a timely and transparent manner with respect to the safety of new chemicals before they enter the marketplace.

Small businesses are eligible to receive a substantial discount of approximately 80% on their fees. EPA is defining a small business on an employee-based size standard, modeled after the Small Business Administration's standards. In order for an entity to be classified as a small business, its revenue or number of employees (including all affiliates) shall not exceed the size standard for the applicable industry.

TSCA Table How Can Exponent Help?

Exponent’s scientific and regulatory consultants have expertise in new and existing chemicals support for EPA TSCA. Exponent scientists are well versed in EPA’s Sustainable Futures models, QSAR modeling, read-across strategies, testing design and monitoring, systemic literature reviews and weight-of-the-evidence-based hazard and risk assessments. Exponent can help perform relative risk screenings for chemicals in your existing inventories, as well as identify significant data gaps, and design intelligent data gathering programs to cost effectively provide the most critical information. In addition, Exponent’s scientists and materials engineers can assist you in identifying and integrating favorable substitutes for chemicals of potential concern used in your products.