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Regulatory Updates

CPIA prepares regulatory updates to keep processors and users of chlorinated paraffins informed of the latest regulatory developments. The following is an update regarding the recent regulatory developments pertaining to CPs in the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Nations. All previous updates are available below.



EPA had a public comment period on the risk assessments related to the MCCP and LCCP PMNs in early 2016. EPA received over 20 comments from CPIA, the coalition, impacted businesses and trade associations, the Department of Defense, and a tribal group. Since the close of this comment period, we have continued to interact with EPA to understand the next steps in the process for the review of these chemicals. EPA has yet to respond to any of the comments or to the request from numerous commenters to conduct an independent external peer review meeting on the science. We recently learned that EPA is in the process of updating the risk assessments for MCCPs and LCCPs, though these revised risk assessments have not yet been provided to the PMN submitters or to the public.

CPIA and the coalition are renewing the discussions with EPA in light of the recent change in Administrations. These discussions focus on allowing the manufacture and import of all remaining CPs for which PMNs have been submitted and the conduction of any further evaluation and regulation of these chemicals under existing substance regulations. The coalition is engaging the new EPA Administrator on this issue and we understand that EPA will not take any formal action on the MCCP and LCCP issues until after the new EPA leadership has had an opportunity to evaluate the issue. Coalition members expect to meet with Administrator Pruitt in the coming months to continue to press the case for the review and regulation of these chemicals as existing substances.

CPIA is aware that statements have been circulating that EPA may still ban MCCPs and LCCPs, as early as 2017. CPIA is aware of no information that support these statements. EPA has not signed consent orders with the PMN submitters to enact the cessation of manufacture or import. EPA either needs such agreements in place or needs to obtain a court injunction prohibiting manufacture or import to achieve such a cessation. EPA could also seek a ban under a TSCA Section 6 rulemaking. None of these actions have occurred. Please see the article by Andrew Jaques, CPIA Executive Director, in the August 2016 Compoundings for a longer discussion on this topic.

While EPA may still take regulatory action on MCCPs and LCCPs, CPIA and its partners in the coalition will continue to advocate that any such regulation should only occur through public rulemaking, including notice and comment prior to any final regulatory action.

CANADA — 2009

April 2009 Update on Canadian Assessment and Proposed Actions for Chlorinated Paraffins

Previously Issued Regulatory Updates

General Updates

January 2002 - An article entitled "Chlorinated Paraffins in the Twenty-First Century," by CPIA Executive Director, Bob Fensterheim appeared in Compoundings.

CPIA Executive Director, Bob Fensterheim presented during the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association's (ILMA) Health and Safety Task Force Meeting, on September 30, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In September 2001, the NLGI Spokesman published a paper by Bob Fensterheim entitled, "Chlorinated Paraffins: An Overview of the Health, Environmental and Regulatory Status" that was presented at the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) 2000 Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Chlorinated Paraffins World Summit Held in San Francisco, California on August 18-19, 2000

Last Updated - February 15, 2012

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