EPA has published a proposed rule that would require manufacturers and others to report significant new uses for 14 chemicals categorized as “glymes.” 76 Fed. Reg. 40,850 (7/12/11). The proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) would require companies that intend to manufacture, import or use the chemicals for new applications in consumer products to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing such activity to allow the agency to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. Glymes are chemicals used in a wide variety of applications, including ink, paints, coatings, adhesives, household batteries, and motor vehicle brake systems. EPA is apparently concerned that monoglyme, diglyme and ethylglyme may cause harm to people or the environment if used in consumer products. EPA will accept public comments on the proposed SNUR until September 9, 2011.