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At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

California Adds New Priority Consumer Product for Green Chemistry Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s innovative Safer Consumer Products regulations, also known as the Green Chemistry Initiative, are ready for another step forward with the proposed inclusion of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing...more

TSCA Amendment: Upcoming Inventory Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Amendment), which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was signed into law. Under this amendment, EPA was authorized, amongst...more

California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The...more

EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

by King & Spalding on

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

Proposition 65: New regulations for "clear and reasonable" warnings

by Dentons on

Remember when the warning above was “clear and reasonable” for purposes of Proposition 65? Soon that will no longer be true. Following a two-year rulemaking, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment...more

California Adopts New Regulations For Warnings Under Proposition 65: CAVEAT VENDITOR (Sellers Beware)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Come August 30, 2018, consumer products to be released into the California marketplace must meet new regulations under California’s infamous Proposition 65. On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law...more

Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

by Buchalter on

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product...more

WARNING: California’s Proposition 65 Warning Requirements are Changing

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) recently finalized substantial amendments to the regulations governing the provision of warnings required by “Proposition 65” (a/k/a the “Safe Drinking...more

WARNING: California Adopts New Proposition 65 “How to Warn” Rules

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last Friday, the state published the first major changes to the Proposition 65 regulations in more than a decade. The sweeping changes rewrite the “safe harbor” warning regulations and, in doing so, create a new set of...more

Update: Unraveling the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

In June, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Implementing Formaldehyde Emission Standards

by Morgan Lewis on

Final rule seeks to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors by establishing emission standards and labeling requirements for certain wood products. Six years after the passage of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for...more

European Chemical Agency Publishes Call for Evidence on the Use of Formaldehyde Releasers

by King & Spalding on

On July 6, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a call for evidence from relevant stakeholders to gather information on the uses of formaldehyde releasers. ECHA intends to issue a report to inform the...more

California Unveils Its First Green Chemistry Regulations for Children’s Foam-Padded Sleeping Products with Fire Retardants

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Following up on the breakthrough amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), California has reasserted its intention to proceed with its Green Chemistry Initiative to require substitution of safer chemicals...more

VW ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Benefit Consumers, Environment

News of “Dieselgate” broke in the Fall 2014, when vaunted vehicle-maker Volkswagen was accused of dodging federal emissions laws by rigging its automobiles so they would pass smog tests. The summer of 2015 saw the scandal...more

Congress Sends Chemical Safety Reform Legislation to Be Signed into Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The historic reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act overhauls the United States’ primary chemical safety law for the first time in 40 years. Following months of closed-door negotiations, the US House of...more

Unpacking the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill...more

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these...more

A Proposition 65 Violation May Be Lurking in Your Cash Register Receipt

Many consumer-facing businesses have learned to identify high-risk Prop 65 targets: soft, flexible plastics; faux and colored leathers; and any kind of brass or metal that may contain lead or other heavy metals. But...more

Congress Overhauls 1976 Federal Chemical Regulation Law

Gives EPA Broad Mandate to Evaluate Safety of All Chemicals and Practical Authority to Ensure Safe Use - On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time in...more

Major New Wave of California Proposition 65 Lawsuits About to B(PA)reak

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

May 11, 2016. A day that may live in California Proposition 65 infamy. The date marks the one –year anniversary of the listing of Bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65, and the expiration of the...more

Mark Your Calendars: BPA Prop 65 Warnings Required as of May 11, 2016; Styrene Also Added to the Prop 65 List

Earlier this month, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) issued a Notice of Emergency Action to allow temporary use of a standard point-of-sale warning message for bisphenol A (“BPA”)...more

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