Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ortho Nitrotoluene Proposed For Be Added To List Of EPCRA TRI Chemicals

EPA is proposing to add ortho-nitrotoluene (o-nitrotoluene) to the list of chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). o-Nitrotoluene has been classified by the National Toxicology Program in their 12th Report on Carcinogens as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." EPA believes that o-nitrotoluene meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Based on EPA’s review of the available production and use information, the agency believes that o-nitrotoluene is expected to be manufactured, processed, or otherwise used in quantities that would exceed the EPCRA section 313 reporting thresholds.

Comments on the proposed addition of o-Nitrotoluene to the list of TRI chemicals must be received on or before May 13, 2013.

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