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Health Care Congressional Outlook for the Spring Word Period

The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2. Following this work period, there will be five weeks left on the legislative calendar before...more

Short Comment Period for Revised Prop 65 Warning Regulations

On Friday, March 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released another set of proposed revisions to the Prop 65 warning label regulations. The comment period is very short – only...more

News from Second and State

It’s finally over. Yes winter is over, but more importantly, the 2015-2016 budget impasse is too. Gov. Tom Wolf announced at a press conference on Wednesday that he will allow the $30 billion budget bill to become law without...more

What Does the Health Care Industry Do Now When Disposing "Hazardous Waste" Pharmaceuticals?

Potentially affected health care facilities should evaluate current management practices, evaluate best management practices for regulated facilities, and develop a plan to prepare for and manage a regulatory inspection....more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

With the delivery of the State of the State address and budget presentation on January 13, the New York legislative session finally began in earnest. As it does every year, the Governor's budget broadly outlines a roadmap for...more

Congressional Oversight in the 114th Congress: What to Expect in 2016

While it is likely that the Obama Administration will continue to be a major focus of GOP-led oversight inquiries in 2016, industry stakeholders, particularly those affected by legislation or proposed regulations, should also...more

Generators of Regulated Medical Waste in New Jersey Must Meet Federal Standards After Preemptions

Generators of regulated medical waste (RMW) in New Jersey may need to revise their handling, marking and storage practices and procedures to meet federal hazardous materials requirements (49 CFR parts 171-180) (the federal...more

Proceedings Available on 2015 U.S.-EU Joint Workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

In December 2015, the proceedings from the March 12-13, 2015, U.S.-European Union (EU) joint workshop on “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” were posted online. The workshop was sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and...more

Africa Update - December 2015

Leading the News - Nigeria: On December 1st, the United Nations (U.N.) reported nearly 450 schools have reopened in Borno state, Nigeria since October after being closed for more than 18 months following the Boko...more

OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

EPA'S Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rules May Impose Significant Burdens on Health Care Facilities - Comment Period Runs Until...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated its proposed regulation of “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals,” i.e., pharmaceutical residues discarded from health care facilities which also meet EPA’s long-standing...more

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed RCRA Rules

All healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical reverse distributors and other hazardous waste generators should read the proposed rules, and each should analyze the impacts it will have on its operations and waste management...more

Environmental Update – Proposed Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals

On August 31, 2015, the EPA proposed new regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at healthcare facilities. First and foremost, the proposed rule prohibits the flushing of any hazardous waste...more

Healthcare Providers Face New Rules Governing the Disposal of Pharmaceuticals

On September 25, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule concerning “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals”. Under the proposed rule, the term “healthcare...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #3

This Week - After passing the State’s biennial budget into law last week, the legislature turned its focus towards adjournment. The Senate unveiled an adjournment resolution which would adjourn the session on Tuesday,...more

Don’t Flush the Drugs! The EPA is Coming!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a pre-publication Proposed Rule (40 C.F.R. part 266, subpart P) regulating the management and disposal of drugs deemed “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals” by healthcare...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2015

EPA Releases TSCA Assessment Documents For Flame Retardant Chemicals: On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents...more

EPA Proposes Changes to Hazardous Waste Generator Rules and a New Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules that EPA believes will strengthen environmental protection and reduce regulatory burdens. The first is an update to the hazardous...more

EC Invites Scientists to Apply for Membership in SCCS and SCHEER

The European Commission (EC) invites scientists to apply for membership in its non-food scientific committees, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) and Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging...more

EPA Proposes New Rules Regarding Waste Pharmaceuticals for Healthcare Facilities and Reverse Distributors

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which is the federal statute that regulates the generation, handling, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, was enacted in 1976. Since that time, EPA has largely...more

EPA to Host Disinfection Hierarchy Workshop and Webinar

On September 8, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will host a Disinfection Hierarchy Stakeholder Workshop and corresponding webinar on October 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The...more

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Wastes That Qualify as RCRA Hazardous Wastes

On August 31, 2015, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or the “Agency”) signed a proposed rule that would establish special management standards for pharmaceutical wastes that are classified...more

EPA’s New Draft Hazardous Waste Rules Promote Flexibility, but Devil is in the Details

On August 31, 2015, EPA released two proposed hazardous waste rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that will be soon be available for public comment after they are published in the Federal Register....more

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Management and for Other Hazardous Waste Generators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two new proposed hazardous waste rules that EPA believes would clarify and simplify requirements for health care facilities and retail pharmacies to manage their...more

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