The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule this week to update TSCA VI. The final rule, which takes effect March 23, includes the following revisions:
- Updates to outdated references to voluntary consensus-based standards;
- Added flexibility for third-party certifiers to conduct remote inspections during unsafe conditions and to utilize contract inspectors; and
- Improved consistency between TSCA Title VI and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) 93120 regulation, including aligning ULEF-based exemptions.
The revisions reflect several requests by CPA, including waiting until the 2022 updates to the ANSI standards for particleboard and MDF were finalized before publishing the final rule. The revised standards incorporate an alternative quality control test method (12460-2: 2018) and clarify the timing for when the conditioning of test samples should begin. See TSCA Title VI Update. More Info: Andy O’Hare