EPA Removes TRI Exemption
Hydrogen Sulfide to be Reported - Posted 10/18/11
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. - October 17 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted a 16-year-old administrative stay that had exempted industrial facilities from reporting releases of hydrogen sulfide, saying the substance could cause chronic health effects in humans, the Bureau of National Affairs reported October 17.
The action means facilities that produce hydrogen sulfide, including chemical manufacturers, power plants, petroleum refineries, mining operations, and other industries, as well as federal facilities, must comply with a December 1993 rule requiring them to report releases of the substance as a toxic chemical under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The EPA said it lifted the stay because its technical evaluations since 1993 show hydrogen sulfide can "reasonably be anticipated" to cause serious or irreversible chronic human health effects at relatively low doses and thus is considered to have moderately high to high chronic toxicity.
The EPA said the lifting of the stay took effect October 17, and the first reports on hydrogen sulfide are due July 1, 2013. Less than a year after the rule was finalized, the EPA in August 1994 issued an administrative stay of the reporting requirements for the chemical because of concerns brought by some in the regulated community about EPA's basis for determining human health effects. The 1993 rule remained in force during the stay while the reporting requirements were deferred. Source: http://www.bna.com/epa-removes-exemption-n12884903896/
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