Comments sought on EPA’s Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Asbestos

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos as defined under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

The SNUR would require at least 90 days’ notice before manufacturing, importing, or processing of asbestos for certain uses, including: adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater-add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high-grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement).

The deadline for submitting comments on this proposed rule to the EPA is August 10, 2018. Instructions for submitting comments are available here.