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US EPA Announces its Implementation Plan for TSCA Reform

TSCA Reform was signed into law just one week ago on June 22, 2016, but a mere one week later, on June 29, U.S. EPA has published its implementation plan, which sets an aggressive schedule to get into place the basic...more

TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA's plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,...more

European Union Releases Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disruptors

On June 15, 2016, the European Union (E.U.) issued its long-awaited Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and Council (“Communication”) on endocrine disruptors. The Communication was accompanied by an...more

New Toxic Substances Law Will Have Far-Reaching Impacts on American Business

A lot has changed since the United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976. From technological breakthroughs to medical treatment of various diseases, the American people have witnessed and experienced significant changes...more

TSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments...more

California Department Of Toxic Substances Control Announces New Members Of Green Ribbon Science Panel

On June 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced three new members of the Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP). The new members are Jack Linard, Ph.D., Personal Care Regulatory Affairs...more

Be Prepared for the New World of Chemical (and Product) Management and Regulation

The nation’s primary law for managing chemicals, from manufacture to their use in a wide array of consumer and commercial products, is set for a fundamental transformation now that Congress has passed, and President Obama...more

Toxic Substances Control Act: Past, Present and Future

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted on October 11, 1976 to regulate certain chemical substances and mixtures being used in interstate commerce. 15 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. TSCA delegated enforcement authority to...more

Taiwan Consults on Draft Hazard and Assessment Exposure Guidance

Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor published a Draft Guidance on Hazard and Exposure Assessment for New Chemical Substances for public comment on May 31, 2016. Hazard assessments are applicable to new chemical substances that are...more

EU REACH Annexes Amended to Reflect Non-Animal Testing Requirement

The REACH annexes regarding skin and eye irritation and acute dermal toxicity have been amended and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. They became effective on June 20, 2016, with amendments for skin...more

President Obama Signs Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety For The 21st Century Act Reforming The Toxic Substances Control Act...

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) during a signing ceremony. Lautenberg represents years of negotiation and is a towering...more

The Toxic Substances Control Act Overhaul: What You Need to Know

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” into law, making comprehensive changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This step comes after years of...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2016

President Signs Legislation Modernizing Federal Chemical Regulation Law - Overhaul of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has important business implications for consumer product manufacturers and retailers. ...more

Toxic Substances Control Act Overhauled Chemical Risk Regulation in the U.S. Joins the 21st Century

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

TSCA Reform: EPA Web Page on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Includes FAQs Addressing PMNs and...

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Later that day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the creation of a web page on the...more

President Signs TSCA Legislation Modernizing Nation’s Chemical Safety Program

On June 22, 2016, the President signed the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” a landmark law containing major reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”). As noted in Balch &...more

New Amendments To TSCA Invigorate Chemical Regulatory Regime And Empower EPA

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act) which amends the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an environmental law...more

President Obama Signs Major Overhaul of TSCA Changing the Way The EPA Regulates Toxic Substances In Commerce

President Obama just signed a bill amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), changing the way the EPA regulates chemicals. For the last 25 years, the EPA has regarded TSCA’s principal control provision as unworkable...more

Understanding the Re-Vamped TSCA: Federal Preemption Gives Uniform Standards

The reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the first major environmental law passed since 1990. President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576) into law on...more

Federal Toxics Law Grows Up: Congress Strengthens the Toxic Substances Control Act

OVERVIEW - President Obama has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. The compromise...more

Historic TSCA Reform Signed Into Law

The outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has just received the most significant update in decades. On Wednesday, June 22, President Obama signed into law sweeping reforms, which had bi-partisan support in both houses....more

TSCA Reform Becomes Law; Now the Clock Starts to Tick on Implementation

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2576. This historic legislation overhauls the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first...more

Amendments Strengthen Toxic Substances Control Act

President Obama's signing of amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Law sealed a welcome effort to overhaul the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amendments were spurred on by a rare bipartisan...more

The Chemistry Was Right For TSCA Reform

In a rare bipartisan effort, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill significantly reforming the chemical safety provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) for the first time in its forty-year history. The Frank...more

European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

The European Commission published two evaluation and fitness check roadmaps in May this year. These roadmaps will assist the Commission in assessing whether the current legislative framework for chemicals, including REACH, is...more

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