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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

Congress Finds the Formula to Reform Chemical Regulation

The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is the primary federal law by which the manufacture, import and use of chemical substances are regulated in the United States. Since its inception in 1976, TSCA has not been updated...more

Landmark Overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act

EPA Issues First Year Implementation Plan - On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. This law amends the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and is the first...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

California Proposes First “Priority Products” under Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On July 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the release of its proposed regulation on children's foam-padded sleeping products containing tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate...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

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

Global Manufacturers: DTSC Announces 45 Day Comment Period on Regulation to List the First of its Proposed “Priority Products”

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is proposing to list certain children’s foam-padded sleeping products as “Priority Products” under the Safer Consumer Product (SCP) Regulations and today announced...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

Emerging Contaminants: PFOA and PFOS

On May 16, 2016, EPA issued final drinking water health advisories for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate ) which set the acceptable life-time level for these chemicals in drinking water at 70...more

Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law, effective immediately, the first substantive amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted forty years ago. The new public law, known as...more

The Toxic Substances Control Act Amendments May Do Little to Relieve California Headaches for Businesses

Business groups largely supported the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Amendments?recently signed into law by President Obama—in order to address concerns about the emergence of varying state-by-state requirements that...more

Updates on the Site Cleanup Program in Massachusetts – TCE, Urban Fill and More

Trichloroethylene - A new MassDEP Technical Support Document confirms that the agency has screened almost 1,000 closed TCE sites and anticipates that about 200 sites require follow up due to the potential for human...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

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

Advancing Chemical Safety – Maybe the Art of Compromise Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

President Obama signed a major reform of the Nation’s chemical safety standards on Wednesday, June 22. The legislation amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, providing the first substantive changes in the 40-year old...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

Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit

Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on 22 June of this year. This Act, which came into immediate effect, amends the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: TSCA Transformed! Reformed at Last! (7/16)

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“Pub. L. No. 114-182”) into law, asserting “[i]f we can get this bill done, it means that somewhere out...more

Chemical Data Reporting Rule: The Time Is Now

Every four years, domestic manufacturers and importers of chemicals must report to the Environmental Protection Agency under the Chemical Data Reporting rule (CDR). The next reports are due in three months, on September 30,...more

TSCA Reform Is Real: EPA Publishes Its “First Year Implementation Plan”

On Wednesday, EPA released its “First Year Implementation Plan” for the recently enacted TSCA reform legislation. Before getting to the details, it’s worth emphasizing what a significant accomplishment it was to get...more

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

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