Question # 153

153. Any person may petition EPA to add or delete a chemical from the TRI list of covered chemicals (40 CFR Section 372.20(d)). What should a person include in a petition to add or delete a listed TRI chemical?
A petitioner should provide EPA with enough information concerning their request and as much credible scientific support documentation as can reasonably be developed to assist EPA in reviewing the petition. The following elements illustrate the type of information that would assist EPA in reviewing petitions: chemical identification, specific criteria elements, rationale, published literature citations, and unpublished information. The summary of the petition should include the following: name, address and telephone number of the petitioner, and a description of any organization that the person represents if applicable Actions requested (i.e., to add or delete chemicals). In the case of petitions to add a chemical or group of chemicals, the petition should identify which of the criteria in EPCRA section 313(d)(2) the chemicals meet. If more than one chemical is included, a tabular summary of the specific chemicals should be provided with associated chemical abstract service registry numbers (CASRN). The body of the petition should be chemical-specific and should be structured so that each chemical and its CASRN are listed at the heading of the paragraph or page that describes it. The associated information elements could be presented under the following subheadings: the action requested (i.e., to add or to delete); the specific criteria elements that the chemical meets; the justification or rationale for the action, including a statement explaining why the chemical meets or does not meet the stated criteria elements. A listing or attachment of the supporting documents should also be included with the petition. Depending on who is sending the petition, the petition should be sent to the appropriate address:
Governor or Tribal Chairperson (or equivalent) Signed Petitions Administrator [Administrator’s name] US Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator, Mail code: 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Ave Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Petitions Not Signed by a Governor or Tribal Chairperson (or equivalent) Assistant Administrator [Assistant Administrator’s Name] Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Mail Code: 7101M US Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460
Additional information on the petition process is available in the February 4, 1987, Federal Register (52 FR 3479). Specific information on the metal compound category petition process is available in the May 23, 1991, Federal Register (56 FR 23703).

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