AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY: In its response to a citizen petition submitted under section
21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA indicated that as a
first step, it would convene a stakeholder process to develop an
approach to obtain information on chemical substances and mixtures used
in hydraulic fracturing. To gather information to inform EPA's
proposal, the Agency is issuing this advance notice of proposed
rulemaking (ANPR) and initiating a public participation process to seek
comment on the information that should be reported or disclosed for
hydraulic fracturing chemical substances and mixtures and the mechanism
for obtaining this information. This mechanism could be regulatory
(under TSCA section 8(a) and/or section 8(d)), voluntary, or a
combination of both and could include best management practices, third-
party certification and collection, and incentives for disclosure of
this information. In addition, the Agency is seeking comment on ways of
minimizing reporting burdens and costs and of avoiding the duplication
of state and other federal agency information collections, while at the
same time maximizing data available for EPA risk characterization,
external transparency, and public understanding. Also, EPA is
soliciting comments on incentives and recognition programs that could
be used to support the development and use of safer chemicals in
DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 18, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019, by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution
Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.
Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For technical information contact: Mark Seltzer, Chemical Control
Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.,
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2901; email
For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill,
422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202)
554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.