The EPA announced on March 30th its intent to seek input from small businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments to formulate a potential rule on the use of trichloroethylene (TCE). According to the EPA, “TCE is used primarily as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts … closely associated with the metal and automotive industries.” Specifically, the EPA will examine the risks resulting from the manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce and use of TCE, as well as its manner of disposal.
Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, all agencies are required to establish a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The SBAR panel will include federal representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and EPA. The EPA is currently seeking Small Entity Representatives (SERs) to consult the SBAR on the impact of the potential rule on their industry or community. Self-nominations must be received by April 10, 2015. Visit the EPA’s website for more information.