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Facilities Must Report on 1-Bromopropane, EPA Says

toxic chemicalsFacilities will soon be required to report on 1-bromopropane, a toxic chemical that the EPA says may cause cancer.

The EPA has finalized a rule to add 1-bromopropane to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list. This chemical is used as a solvent, degreaser and adhesive, and often as a chemical intermediate in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, flavors and fragrances.

The agency estimates 140 facilities will be affected by this rule. Facilities’ first TRI reports on 1-bromopropane are due to EPA by July 1, 2017.

TRI data is submitted annually to the EPA, states and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities and commercial hazardous waste.

Most of the toxic chemical waste managed at industrial facilities in 2013 in the US was not released into the environment, according to the EPA’s annual TRI report published in January.

In October, the EPA said it will propose new regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to file Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports. The expanded chemicals reporting rules are in response to a lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations.

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