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TSCA Reform Passes House And Is Expected To Pass Senate Without Sustainable Chemistry Provision

On May 24, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the long-awaited Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. Senate approval is expected,...more

Congress Overhauls 1976 Federal Chemical Regulation Law

Gives EPA Broad Mandate to Evaluate Safety of All Chemicals and Practical Authority to Ensure Safe Use - On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time in...more

Northwest Green Chemistry and Washington State Department Of Ecology To Offer Training On Quick Chemical Assessment Tool

Northwest Green Chemistry and the Washington State Department of Ecology are presenting a four-part webinar series introducing and providing training on the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT)....more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Functionalized CNTs (Generic)

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 55 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN),...more

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

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

TSCA: B&C Analyzes CDR Enforcement Actions from 2007 to 2014

In preparation for the opening of the reporting period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) conducted a review of recent enforcement...more

EPA OPP Director Announces Selection of Anna Lowit for the Senior Science Advisor Position

On May 9, 2016, Jack Housenger, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), announced the selection of Anna Lowit for the Senior Science Advisor Position in OPP’s Immediate...more

Australia Addresses Nanomaterials in Third NICNAS Reforms Consultation Paper

On April 29, 2016, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published the third consultation paper on its reform initiative. Under the reforms, the requirements to establish that...more

Neste Renewable’s Isoalkane To Be Used In Avantherm’s Heat Transfer Media

On April 28, 2016, Neste Renewable, a Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member, announced that its renewable isoalkane would be used in Avantherm's renewable Heat Transfer Media products. Avantherm will...more

EPA Issues Pesticide Tolerance Crop Grouping Program Amendment IV

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that amends current pesticide tolerance crop grouping (Crop Group) regulations. Crop groupings allow petitioners to request a tolerance for...more

TRANSCRIPT: “TSCA Reform: What’s Happening, and What’s Next?”

As we are poised to witness the reauthorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- the first revision of our domestic chemical management law in 40 years -- stakeholders will need immediately to understand what the...more

EPA Likely to Issue Soon PFOA Drinking Water Health Advisory

Firm clients and friends with interests in perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and other perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are likely aware that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is...more

SCOEL Discusses Nanomaterials during March Meeting

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) met on March 7-9, 2016. The meeting minutes include the following summary regarding SCOEL’s discussion of nanomaterials...more

Proposition 65: OEHHA Lists Styrene under Prop 65 and Proposes NSRL

On April 22, 2016, California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a final notice listing styrene as known to the state to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking...more

[Webinar] New GHS Hazard Communication Standard: Roll-out Issues - May 11th, 1:00 pm EDT

Perhaps the most significant safety related regulatory reform during the Obama Administration has been the amended Hazard Communication Standard, bringing OSHA’s chemical Right-to-Know regulation more in line with the United...more

Efforts to rein in Proposition 65 abuse have gone awry

The lofty goal of Proposition 65 was to incentivize manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers to reformulate their products so that consumers were not needlessly exposed to "listed chemicals" (the term...more

The District of Columbia and Washington State Pass Back-to-Back Bans on Flame Retardants

The District of Columbia and the state of Washington recently enacted laws banning the use of listed flame retardants in certain products, ranging from children’s products and residential upholstered furniture in Washington...more

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

EPA Issues SNUR For TCE: On April 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for trichloroethylene (TCE). 81 Fed. Reg....more

Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Signed Into Law

On April 6, 2016, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2300, creating a five cent tax credit, per pound of renewable chemicals produced from biomass feedstock between 2017 and 2026. Spokesman for Governor, Ben...more

China's New Chemical Substance Notification Guideline

On March 06, 2016, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) submitted a proposed draft rule on chemical substances, the Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification and Registration (Draft) (2016 Guidelines) to...more

FIFRA: EPA Announces Updated Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Intended to Combat Emerging Pathogens

In response to the increasing concerns regarding emerging viral pathogens that are not on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant labels, EPA announced on April 7, 2016, that it was updating its...more

Biodiesel Companies Can Thank BRAG For Cost Savings On CDR Reporting

As reported in last week's Update, EPA published its final rulemaking expanding the list of chemicals partially exemption from certain additional chemical data under the CDR. This action, which formally amended the list of...more

Proposition 65: OEHHA Proposes Revisions to Its Proposed Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On March 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) modified its November 27, 2015, proposed rule that would repeal and replace the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 regulations...more

EPA Proposes Significant Expansions of Its Risk Management/Accidental Release Prevention Program

On March 14, 2016, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed revisionsto the Risk Management Program (RMP) (also known as Accidental Release Prevention) rule at 40 CFR Part 68, under Section 112(r) of the...more

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