EPA has published a final rule that revises procedures for enforceable consent agreement negotiations on chemical testing and sets deadlines for them. 75 Fed. Reg. 56,472 (9/16/10). According to EPA, the rule clarifies that the agency follows a single procedure to negotiate enforceable consent agreements whether the agency or its Interagency Testing Committee initiates negotiations. It is also designed to consolidate information on the procedures used for enforceable consent negotiations and to speed their completion.
Enforceable consent agreements are between EPA and one or more chemical manufacturers or processors. They are designed to obtain toxicity or other data on a chemical more quickly than under the test-rule process authorized by section 4 of TSCA. The final rule is effective October 18, 2010.