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The chemical wars are in full swing. And for consumer products and chemicals manufacturers, victory on the regulatory front is by no means a foregone conclusion.
Progressive legislators in states such as California,...more
California’s toxics agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has released a draft three-year work plan identifying seven consumer product categories that may be the focus of the state’s Green Chemistry...more
In most Australian states, businesses involved with hazardous chemicals must comply with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) from 31 December 2016. 'Businesses' include...more
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The European Commission (EC) has posted materials from its June 30, 2014, validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. The EC...more
The House of Representatives on July 8, 2014, passed by voice vote H.R. 4007, legislation that reestablishes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. ...more
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The state agency that is responsible for regulating Proposition 65 – the Office of Health Hazard Environmental Assessment (OHHEA) – continues to push forward with significant proposed revisions to the regulations. The focus...more
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California continued to add to its steady stream of laws and regulatory actions to promote renewable energy and clean technologies with significant new legislation on net metering and community solar projects. While AB 177...more
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Beverage and pharma producers beware: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently has shown an interest in enforcing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a law traditionally associated...more
California's Green Chemistry Initiative blazes a new trail for consumer products in the United States, establishing a comprehensive approach aimed at reducing — over time — exposures to hazardous chemicals commonly found in a...more
On August 28, 2013, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Safer Consumer Product regulations. The groundbreaking green chemistry regulations take...more
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