EPA Releases 2020 CDR Information

On May 12, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of information collected during the 2020 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycle to raise public awareness of chemicals manufactured in the communities and enable citizens and stakeholders to access and use the information reported. The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemicals listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory to submit data to the EPA every four years. Manufacturers (including importers) are required to report if they meet certain production volume thresholds, typically 25,000 pounds or more of a chemical at a single site. The CDR is the most comprehensive source of basic information on exposure to chemicals marketed in the United States. The EPA states that the collection of CDR information “is essential to meet the agency’s information needs, particularly for the prioritization, risk assessment, and risk management of chemicals in the context of the TSCA”. According to the EPA, the information from the CDR allows it to develop an understanding of the types, quantities, end uses, and possible human exposure to inform its identification, assessment, and management of human health hazards and risks. environmental.

CDR 2020 information mainly covers manufacturing, processing and use activities for calendar year 2019. Data released includes company and site information, manufacturing information (including import ), production volume, and processing and usage data, as well as information on chemicals not included in previous versions. According to the EPA, this includes chemicals that lost their confidential status on the TSCA inventory because one or more manufacturers flagged the chemical identities as non-confidential during the CDR reporting periods of 2012, 2016 and/or or 2020. Therefore, the CDR 2020 database will include information related to chemical identities that could not be publicly revealed in previous releases of CDR data.

2020 CDR data is available in downloadable files on the EPA’s CDR web pages. The EPA says it will also soon make the data available in ChemView. Resources on using the CDR database and interpreting CDR data are also available on the EPA’s CDR website.

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