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Comments Needed: EPA Requests Information About Lead Wheel Weights


By the SEMA Washington, D.C., office

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting comments and information to assist in the potential development of regulations for the manufacturing, importing, processing, recycling and distribution in commerce of lead for wheel-balancing weights ("lead wheel weights") under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 

EPA is seeking comments and information on specific issues regarding potential exposure to lead in wheel weights and information on substitutes for lead wheel weights. This information will help inform the agency's determinations regarding potential unreasonable risk to human health and the environment from exposure to lead wheel weights. You can read the full ANPRM, "Lead Wheel Weights, Regulatory Investigation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)," to determine if you have quantitative information, data and/or case examples the agency is requesting.  

While the EPA is currently information-gathering, the agency may initiate a proposed rulemaking if it finds lead wheel weights pose a danger to public health. SEMA encourages industry businesses that produce, import or sell lead wheel weights to provide comment to the EPA. The deadline for comments is Friday, May 3, 2024. You can submit your comments here.

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