When EPA receives your section 5 notice, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter that includes the notice number assigned to your submission and the date the notice review began. Notice submitters should expect to receive a letter from EPA providing the Day 1 for their notice within 7-10 days after receipt of their submission by the Agency. If the Agency has any concerns about the substance, you will be notified before the end of the review period. Otherwise you will receive no subsequent notification and you are free to commence manufacture (including import), or new use of the substance the day after the review period ends.
Many submitters want to know what is happening for their substances at intermediate points in the review process. As noted in the process description, a tentative decision to "drop" (i.e., take no action on) a substance can be decided well before the end of the review period. Current status reports on notices submitted to EPA under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are posted to the Status page within 14 days of the decision being made. You can access a report directly or you can contact the TSCA Hotline on (voice) 202-554-1404 or (fax) 202-554-5603, and the Hotline staff will access this Status page for you. Please note that even though a "drop" decision may have been made early in the review period, under TSCA that decision remains tentative until the review period ends, and you may not manufacture before the review time period (the length of which is set by statute) has expired.
In addition to posting the tentative decisions made at EPA's Focus meeting for PMNs and LVEs on this Status page, EPA will post the status of Significant New Use Notices (SNUNs) (SN), Test Market Exemption Applications (T), Low Release/Low Exposure Exemptions (LoRex)(X), Low Volume Modifications (LM), and LoRex Modifications (XM).
For the status of biotech submissions, please refer to the following website: epa.gov/oppt/biotech/pubs/submain.htm.