Regulatory Brief

 Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures

Formal Title: FR Doc No: Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019; Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures; Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (May 19, 2014)

Brief Description:

In response to a citizen petition submitted under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated that it would convene a stakeholder process to develop an approach for obtaining information on chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing. To efficiently gather information, the EPA started the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) and initiated a public participation process to encourage and gather comments on the information that should be reported or disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemical substances and mixtures.

Excerpts from the AVMA Response:

“The AVMA supports education, legislation, regulations, research, and other actions that prevent toxicoses in wildlife, domestic animal, and human populations.”
 
“… the AVMA supports objective scientific research on extractive industries’ impacts on animal health, foods of animal origin, and the environment.”
 
“Furthermore, we believe that the chemical composition, reactivity, and other characteristics of chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing need to be available.  Such information is crucial not only for expeditious and targeted treatment of animals suspected of suffering toxic effects from materials used or generated in hydraulic fracturing processes, but also for conducting animal health risk analysis and developing mitigation steps for any risk identified.”

Background Documents:

  • Federal Register Extension of Comment Period - [PDF] [TEXT] - July 14, 2014 
  • Federal Register ANPR - [TEXT] [PDF] - May 19, 2014
  • Full AVMA Response - September 18, 2014 [PDF]

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