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US EPA withdraws reporting rule on cadmium

The EPA has announced that it will withdraw the immediate final rule published on 3 December relating to health and safety data for cadmium and cadmium compounds used in consumer products (CW 21 November 2012). The rule, based on section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, required companies to report existing and unpublished data.

However, the agency says it received several letters querying the rule and raising concerns about its scope, which EPA says indicate there is significant confusion and uncertainty within certain industrial sectors concerning the rule. The withdrawal will be announced in the Federal Register no later than the 2 January 2013.

EPA will be considering the next steps with regard to the rule and will continue to work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to reduce exposure to cadmium in consumer products, including children's jewellery.

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