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Risky Business: OEHHA to Require Prop 65 Data Submissions

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has adopted new regulations that require businesses that make or use chemicals listed under Proposition 65 to provide certain information about the...more

OSHA Extends Process Safety Management Standard Compliance Date for Bulk Chemical Distributors

OSHA has come full circle…almost. In a December, 2015 revised interim enforcement memorandum, the agency indicated it will not enforce the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard for “highly hazardous chemicals” (HHC)...more

TSCA Legislation Passes the Senate, Nears Final Passage

On December 17, 2015, the Senate unanimously approved legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation amended the bill already approved by the House of Representatives by substituting the text...more

EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Three Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano) as UV-Filter in Dermally Applied Cosmetic Products

On December 17, 2015, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted a request for a scientific opinion on three coatings for titanium dioxide (nano) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in dermally applied cosmetic...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Summary of Key Changes in Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as Compared...

This analysis reviews the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as passed by the Senate on December 17, 2015, and compares it to the previous version of S. 697 (identified as Lautenberg2 in...more

What the Toxic Substances Control Act Overhaul Means to Manufacturers

The U.S. Senate passed the long-pending bill (S. 697) to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The practical effect of the Frank R....more

Senate Approves Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act

After a long delay, and with uncommon bi-partisan support, the U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed at overhauling the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the main U.S. law regulating chemicals in the marketplace....more

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

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...more

Proposition 65: OEHHA Repeals and Re-Proposes Revisions to Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On November 27, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) took two actions: (1) it withdrew its proposed rule issued on January 16, 2015, that would have repealed and replaced the existing...more

EPA Makes Available Supporting Documents for Endangered Species Biological Evaluations

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) made publicly available several documents associated with the Biological Evaluations (BE) for the first three “pilot”...more

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

EPA Extends Public Comment Period On Three Flame Retardant Clusters: On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan...more

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Revises Regulations Governing Bulk Storage Tanks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued revised regulations, effective October 11, 2015, governing the management and bulk storage of petroleum and hazardous substances. Corresponding...more

TSCA Reform Bills Advance in House and Senate

S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, was the subject of a legislative hearing at the Environment and Public Works Committee in April, and was reported favorably to the full Senate along...more

OEHHA Issues Further Modification of Warning Website Regulations

On September 4, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) provided notice of additional changes to its proposal to establish a website, operated by OEHHA, which would provide...more

EPA Denies Petition to Remove EGBE From List of TRI Form R Chemicals

Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) is a solvent used primarily in the production of paints, coatings, and metal and household cleaners. It’s also used in the production of other chemicals. Facilities that manufacture,...more

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

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Operating a Well in California May Automatically Put You At Risk for a Prop 65 Lawsuit

California's Proposition 65 is notorious for its duty-to-warn requirement, which states that a business must give a clear and reasonable warning prior to exposing people to certain levels of any listed chemical. The warning...more

EPA Announces Revisions to Its Worker Protection Standard

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revisions to its worker protection standard. EPA states that these revisions are intended to “enhance the protections provided to agricultural...more

DTSC Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternative Analysis under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released for comment its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Draft AA Guide). Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), responsible entities...more

California Attorney General Targets Prop. 65 Plaintiffs’ Settlement Terms

The California Office of the Attorney General is seeking to limit certain payment provisions common in Prop. 65 plaintiffs’ settlements with defendants. The proposed rulemaking, published September 25, 2015, would limit the...more

Notification of SVHCs in Finished Products

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently handed down a landmark judgment which clarifies when the notification obligations under REACH relating to substances of very high concern (SVHCs) apply. REACH requires...more

TSCA: EPA Releases Final SNUR for HBCD, and EPA’s SNUR Reach Over Imported Article Continues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on September 17, 2015, a signed final significant new use rule (SNUR) for hexabromocyclododecane or 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). Under the final rule,...more

Multiple Algae-related Agency And Industry Events In Coming Weeks

Stakeholders working with algae to produce chemicals and fuels should take note of these upcoming opportunities: - EPA's "Workshop for Public Input on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Algae,"...more

On the Cusp of TSCA Reform, States Continue to Regulate Chemicals

As legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act nears passage in Congress, states continue to enact and implement a diverse array of their own requirements affecting the use of chemicals in products sold within...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

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