SGS Reminds Manufacturers of the US EPA’s New Final Rules for Five Hazardous Substances

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published five final rules in
January 2021 that cover five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT)

The chemicals and their uses are:

  • 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol
    (2,4,6-TTBP) – an antioxidant in fuel additives and fuel injector cleaners as
    well as an additive in oil and lubricants
  • Decabromodiphenyl
    ether (DecaBDE) – a flame retardant with applications in wire and cable rubber
    casings, textiles, electronic equipment casings, building and construction
    materials, and imported articles such as aerospace and automotive parts
  • Phenol,
    isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP 3:1) – a flame retardant in plastics and as
    a functional fluid in aircraft and industrial machinery
  • Pentachlorothiophenol
    (PCTP) – a substance with applications in the rubber industry
  • Hexachlorobutadiene
    (HCBD) – a solvent in rubber manufacturing and in hydraulic, heat transfer or
    transformer fluid

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The final rules were published in the Federal Register
(86 FR 866-932) on January 6, 2021. They amend Subpart E – Persistent,
Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals to 40 CFR 751 on Regulations of Certain
Chemical Substances and Mixtures Under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances
Control Act (TSCA).

The revisions include a variety of provisions of which
stakeholders should be aware. These include restrictions, prohibitions,
record-keeping requirements, phase-in prohibitions for specific uses of DecaBDE
and DecaBDE-containing products or articles, phase-in prohibitions for specific
uses of PIP (3:1) and PIP (3:1)-containing products and articles, exemptions as
well as downstream notifications for safety data sheets (SDSs) or the labeling
of PIP (3:1) and PIP (3:1)-containing products.

The final rules came into effect on February 5, 2021.
Stakeholders should review the original SGS SafeGuard 019/21 to learn more
about the specifics of each final rule.

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For further information contact:

HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420



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