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Chemical Makers’ Data Duties Delayed by Shutdown

Jan. 11, 2019, 1:05 PM

The partial government shutdown is a potentially expensive “inconvenience” for chemical makers, who are awaiting word from the EPA on whether the data they were required to begin collecting Jan. 1 is what the agency actually wants.

Under federal law, chemical manufacturers this year must gather data on key aspects of their operations, such as the volume of compounds they produce or import and the industrial sectors that buy them.

But the government shutdown is delaying direction from the Environmental Protection Agency on the precise type of information chemical makers should be collecting and must submit, starting June 1, 2020. ...