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Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

With President-Elect Donald Trump and his administration officially moving into the White House this Friday, the landscape of energy policy, investment, and incentives could see major changes in 2017. Given this backdrop, it...more

EPA Proposes Procedures to Prioritize Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on January 17, 2017, procedures to establish the risk-based screening process and criteria that EPA will use to identify chemical substances under the Toxic Substances...more

TSCA: EPA Proposes Requirements for TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive)

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule that would require an electronic notification for chemical substances listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory...more

EPA Issues Proposed Rule for Prioritizing Existing Chemicals for Risk Review - Proposed Four-Step Process Aims to Incentivize...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its proposed rule for the prioritization of existing chemicals for the risk evaluation mandated under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st...more

TSCA: EPA Proposes Regulation of TCE Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA Section 6(a)

In an expected action, on January 11, 2017, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to regulate the use of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, January 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Rule For Nanoscale Materials: After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a...more

EPA Releases Final Policy to Address Acute Risks to Bees from Pesticides and Three Pollinator-Only R

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products (Mitigation Policy) which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees...more

EPA Proposes Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory "Reset" Rule - Pragmatic Proposal Reflects Stakeholder Suggestions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in today’s Federal Register its proposed approach to updating the list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the United States, commonly known as...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

News from the Vermont State House - Legislative Updates for the 2017 Session

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials

After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a final rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) establishing reporting and recordkeeping...more

Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials Available

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register a Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule establishing reporting and recordkeeping...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Fall 2016

Class action filings during the fall of 2016 continued to be dominated by Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases. As of October 1, 2016, nearly 150 cases have been filed; these filings are both daily in frequency...more

Extension Of Comment Period On SCP Draft Alternatives Analysis Guide

On December 22, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced that the public comment period for the draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide for the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program has been...more

NNCO Announces Upcoming Webinars

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) periodically holds webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community. Upcoming webinars include the...more

USDA Issues A Notice of Available Funds For The Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) published in the Federal Register a notice of available funds regarding the Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) for companies...more

Lazard Annual Report Reveals Steady Decline in Costs of Clean Energy Technologies

Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard recently published its annual report on the costs of electricity generation technologies, finding that the costs for clean energy projects continue to decrease. The tenth...more

White House Announces Release of Final Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

On January 4, 2017, the White House announced the release of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology. The 2017 Update provides a comprehensive summary of the roles and...more

DOE Announces Recipients Of $12.9 Million In Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, And Biopower Project

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that six projects had been selected for a funding opportunity of up to $12.9 million titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing...more

EPA Extends Comment Period On REGS Rule And RFS Point Of Obligation Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two announcements in the Federal Register regarding an extension of the comment period for the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule...more

WARNING: Proposition 65 Warning Requirements Have Changed

Thirty years after its enactment, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (commonly referred to as “Proposition 65”) remains an undiminished irritant to businesses who sell products that are used in...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2017

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2017 - 2016 was full of surprises, two of which will drive much of the agenda for OCSPP during 2017. First, Congress...more

FIFRA: Final EPA Rule Requires Stronger Standards for Applying Riskiest Pesticides

On January 4, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule revising its regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUP). EPA states that the final...more

White House Announces Release of Final Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

On January 4, 2016, the White House announced the release of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (2017 Update). The Update to the Coordinated Framework provides a comprehensive...more

EPA Issues Changes to OCSPP Final Test Guidelines For Series 850 Group A—Ecological Effects

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice regarding the availability of final test guidelines, OCSPP Series 850 Group A -- Ecological Effects, part of a series of test guidelines...more

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