Lowering of Reporting Thresholds for Certain PBT Chemicals, Addition of Certain PBT Chemicals and Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Reporting

OGC-00-7: Published: Nov 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1999.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on the lowering of reporting thresholds for certain persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would lower the reporting thresholds for certain PBTs that are subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990; (2) among other actions, the final rule adds other chemicals to the EPCRA section 313 list of toxic chemicals; and (3) EPA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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