US EPA Defers March 9 TSCA Ban on Articles Containing PIP (3:1) by 180 Days; Reopens Comment Period on All Five Final PBT Rules for Full Reconsideration


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") took action on March 8, 2021 effectively to defer until September 2021 the March 9 compliance date for its ban on processing and distribution of both articles containing phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) ("PIP (3:1)"), and PIP (3:1) intended for use in articles. The deferral does not apply to other PIP (3:1) uses.

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Coupled with EPA's release of the No Action Assurance policy for PIP (3:1), EPA also announced that it was reopening the public comment periods for all five final PBT rules published on January 6, 2021:

(*) PIP (3:1)

(*) Decabromodiphenyl ether ("DecaBDE")

(*) 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol ("2,4,6-TTBP")

(*) Hexachlorobutadiene ("HCBD")

(*) Pentachlorothiophenol ("PCTP")

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