This reporting rule aims to frame a database of products that contains mercury substance in their cured state. Also, it has a wide range of scope such as industry which make or import mercury, add it to products, or intentionally use it in manufacturing.

EPA had enforced this rule in 2018 with some exemptions. As a result, many entities have taken advantage to exclude from this reporting obligation. Hence it is difficult to collect information on all the mercury-affected products in the US. 

To overcome this issue, EPA has revised its reporting rule under Section 8(b)(10)(D) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) which exactly targeted to eliminate those exemptions for companies that import pre-assembled products containing a mercury-added component. This revised rule was more reliable and effective to protect public health from the earlier one.

Before July 1, 2022, all companies are obliged to adhere to this revised Mercury inventory reporting rule by submitting 2021 data to the EPA. This collected information is used to form a national mercury inventory database to serve as the basis for future regulations and other actions aimed at reducing mercury exposure.

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