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

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

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

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

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

EPA Issues Stop-Sale Order to PuriCore, Inc.

On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that PuriCore Inc. (PuriCore), paid a $550,000 penalty for the unauthorized distribution of two of its pesticide products, ProduceFresh and...more

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Promoting Blender Pump Installation Throughout The State

On June 24, 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 657 modifying provisions related to motor vehicles. Under this new law, liability insurance carried by gas stations will expand coverage to include the release...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 268-leadership lessons from Brexit [Video]

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I visit on the leadership failures and lessons to be learned from the Brexit vote and its aftermath. ...more

EPA Biting Off More Than It Can Chew? Agency Publishes First Year Implementation Plan for New TSCA Legislation

This is Part II of our TSCA update following the recent changes to the TSCA legislation. On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its first year implementation plan for the...more

Toxic Substances Control Act

For the first time in 40 years and after years of negotiation, on June 22, the President signed the compromise legislation updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 2576, the Frank R....more

Hawaii Governor Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit

On July 6, 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed SB 2652 Related to Taxation -- Locally Produced Renewable Energy. This bill establishes a five-year renewable fuels production tax credit. The tax credit will take effect in...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA...more

Limits on E-Waste Exports being considered by Congress

The Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (H.R.5579) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 24, 2016. It aims to control the export of electronic waste to prevent such waste from becoming counterfeit goods...more

Federal Government Rewrites the Rules on Getting and Using Chemicals in the Marketplace

This client alert is the second in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes....more

Legislation Breathes New Life into the 40–Year Old TSCA Statute

This is Part I of a two-part series looking at the recent changes to the TSCA legislation. This article will explore the changes introduced by the Act. A follow-up article will explore the EPA’s recently released plan for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 266, Ben Locwin on people v. systems approach to compliance programs [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Ben Locwin on the different approaches in compliance around people v. systems. ...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms EPA Order Denying Request for Uniform Buffer Zones to Mitigate Exposure of Children to Spray Drift

On July 5, 2016, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a brief opinion denying a petition for review of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order in which EPA declined to...more

Brazil Proposes Sweeping Chemicals Legislation

Brazil's Ministry of the Environment has proposed a bill that would establish an expansive chemical regulatory regime consisting of registration and reporting requirements, substance risk assessments, and risk management...more

Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform

On July 1, 2016, Inside EPA published "Committee Jurisdiction Issues Blocked Green Chemistry From TSCA Reform," an article discussing the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law and the lack of language from...more

Agenda Of Biotechnology For Clean Vehicles Session Released; Includes Synthetic Biotechnology, Advanced Biofuels, And Bioproducts

On June 22, 2016, DOE released the detailed agenda for the Biotechnology for Clean Vehicles: Harnessing Synthetic Biology To Enable Next-Generation Biomaterials And Biofuels session at the Sustainable Transportation Summit....more

Supreme Judicial Court Orders the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to Expand Greenhouse Gas Regulation

More greenhouse gas regulation is on the horizon as a result of the Massachusetts’ top court’s decision in Kain v. MassDEP. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the Massachusetts Department of Environmental...more

EPA Requests Six Month Extension of Deadline for Decision on Chlorpyrifos Tolerance Revocation

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a status report in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning a petition by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural...more

Massachusetts Moves To Assume Control of CWA Program as EPA issues Disputed MS4 Permit

Massachusetts’ status as one of only four states not in control of the Clean Water Act program within its boundaries may change as the state begins the process of applying to U.S. EPA for delegation of that program. ...more

EPA’s Discretion on Whether to Require Inert Ingredients Disclosure Upheld

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Court) issued an opinion dismissing the complaint and denying the motion for summary judgment of the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond...more

CRS Prepares “Policy Primer” on Nanotechnology

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a June 28, 2016, report, Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer. The report provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness in...more

Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Requests Public Comments On U.S. Energy System

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced an upcoming deadline for comments to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) - An Integrated Study of the Electricity System. QER was created via a Presidential Memorandum in January of 2014 to...more

TSCA Reform: Something Old, Much That Is New -- Will It Make Industry Blue?

After extensive deliberation, Congress has crafted a carefully worded overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the primary federal statute that regulates the chemicals ultimately used to manufacture most products....more

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