TTB Proposes Changes to Lessen Regulatory Burden on Industrial Alcohol Industry

Posted 06/27/2013

Changes to Lessen Regulatory Burden

On June 27, 2013, TTB published a notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice No. 136) that would, if adopted, eliminate outdated specially denatured spirits formulas from its regulations, reclassify some specially denatured spirits formulas as completely denatured alcohol formulas, issue some new general-use formulas for manufacturing products with specially denatured spirits, and make other improvements to the industrial alcohol regulations.  This proposal would remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on the industrial alcohol industry and TTB, and would align the regulations with current industry practice.  (Specially denatured spirits and completely denatured alcohol are distilled spirits to which materials have been added to render the spirits unfit for beverage use.) 

You may submit comments on the proposal, and view copies of the proposed rule and any comments TTB receives about it, online at the website ( within Docket No. TTB-2013-0005.  A link to that docket is posted on the TTB website at distilled spirits rulemaking under Notice No. 136.  Please see Notice No. 136 for information on alternative methods for submitting comments.  Comments on this proposal must be received on or before August 26, 2013.  Read the related press release.


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Page last reviewed/updated: 06/27/2013