Makers of Cobalt Lithium Must Tell EPA of New Uses

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring notice of any “significant new uses” of cobalt lithium manganese nickel oxide, because the substance may be hazardous to human health and the environment, according to a new EPA rule.
     Under the rule, those who intend to manufacture, import, or process the chemical substance for a use designated as a “significant new use” must notify the EPA 90 days before starting the activity. This allows the agency to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, prohibit or limit the activity before it occurs.
     The agency is concerned that if the chemical is used in a new way, the new use could be hazardous to people or the environment. The agency requires notice so tests may be done to determine toxicity in its new use, and how to control the substance. The agency may determine that the substance may not be made, imported or processed at all.
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