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EPA considering regulation of chemicals

19 May, 2014

The EPA releases an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for public comment on the types of information that should be reported about hydraulic fracturing materials – things like what chemicals are used and how much, as well as the circumstances.  The agency also asks for suggestions on the options for reporting related health and safety studies.  It wants to know whether and how trade secrets could be reported and then disclosed publicly without revealing the identities of individual products and their owners.  Additionally, it invites comment on whether best management practices should be disclosed, whether third-party certification and collection should be required, and whether the agency should use incentives for disclosure, although the EPA hasn’t yet decided whether such disclosures should be mandatory, voluntary, or a combination of the two.  All comments must be submitted on or before August 18, 2014.