Amended TSCA authorizes US EPA to charge fees for a variety of activities under TSCA sections 4, 5 and 6, totaling up to 25% of the overall costs for the agency to conduct these activities.  Comments on the proposed fee rule must be submitted to US EPA on or before April 27, 2018.

US EPA expects to collect approximately $20.05 million annually during fiscal years 2019-2021 for the activities for which the new fees will be charged.  US EPA has estimated that the overall cost to conduct these activities will be roughly $80.2 million each year.

US EPA will collect fees from chemical manufacturers and processors:

(1) who are required to submit information to US EPA pursuant to TSCA section 4 by a test rule, test order or enforceable consent agreement;

(2) who, under TSCA section 5, submit a “notification of or information related to intent to manufacture” a new chemical substance (a Premanufacture Notice (PMN) or a Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN)) or a significant new use of a chemical (a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN)), including submissions related to exemptions; and

(3) who manufacture or process a chemical substance that is subject to a risk evaluation under TSCA section 6(b), including a risk evaluation conducted at the request of a manufacturer.