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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Releases Final Test Guideline For Performance Against Bed Bugs: On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a final test guideline, Laboratory Product...more

Bipartisan Renewable Chemicals Bill Introduced In The House

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On June 29, 2017, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017 to the House. If enacted, the legislation would...more

At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Serious Accident Alert On Safe Handling Of Chemicals

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a serious accident alert on handling dangerous chemicals, recommending best practices. MSHA highlighted a November 3, 2017, accident in which an explosion occurred when...more

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials. In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the...more

Two Sets of Implementation Rules under China’s New Pesticide Regulations Released

On June 1, 2017, in the People’s Republic of China (China), the newly revised Regulation on Pesticide Administration (RPA) became effective. The newly revised RPA was approved during the 164th executive meeting of the State...more

EPA Releases TSCA Final Rule on Prioritization of High-Priority and Low-Priority Chemical Substances

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Under the amended TSCA, prioritization – EPA’s process for selecting which chemical substances to evaluate for possible regulation – is the gatekeeper. EPA has just adopted a final rule describing its process for selecting...more

The TSCA Inventory Reset Clock to Start Ticking

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Virtually all manufacturers and importers of chemicals for the past 11 years are now subject to a new TSCA reporting requirement known informally as the TSCA Inventory Reset. Reports will be due six months after the final...more

EPA’s Risk Evaluation Framework Rule Incorporates Key Industry Suggestions

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Under the 2016 TSCA amendments, risk evaluation is the critical step toward EPA banning or restricting chemicals, or else determining that they will not be regulated. As required by those amendments, EPA has promulgated a...more

Brazil Inches Forward On Industrial Chemicals Regulation Implementation

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The Acta Group (Acta®) has been closely tracking the development of Brazil’s Industrial Chemicals Regulation (Regulação de Substâncias Químicas Industriais, or Regulação), which still only exists in draft form. As discussed...more

EPA Issues Final TSCA Framework Rules

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on June 22, 2017, the pre-publication Federal Register notices of the final framework actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as revised by the Frank R....more

EPA Releases Final Test Guideline for Performance Against Bed Bugs

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On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a final test guideline, Laboratory Product Performance Testing Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide...more

AkzoNobel Announces Imagine Chemistry Winners

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On June 6, 2017, AkzoNobel, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the winners of its Imagine Chemistry challenge. The following winners have been awarded joint development...more

California Legislation Proposes Increased Chemical Disclosure Requirements for Cleaning Products

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The California legislature is considering a bill aimed at requiring full disclosure of ingredients and chemicals of concern in cleaning products. The bill, if enacted, will impact manufacturers’ and California employers’...more

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

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On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...more

China’s New Pesticide Regulations Become Effective

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 1, 2017, in the People’s Republic of China (China), a newly revised Regulation on Pesticide Administration (RPA) became effective. The newly revised RPA was approved during the 164th executive meeting of the State...more

EPA Delays Effective Date of RMP Rule Amendments, Environmental Groups File Challenge

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On June 14, 2017, EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendment package for twenty months, until February 19, 2019. EPA’s decision was...more

EPA Awards Green Chemistry Challenge Winners

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On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering...more

EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule Delayed Until Feb. 2019

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The effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule has been delayed from June 19, 2017 to February 19, 2019. EPA issued a Final Rule on June 9 explaining that the 20-month delay will “allow EPA to...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, June 2017

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Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 27, 2017, for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

EPA Delivers on Promise to Delay Risk Management Plant Requirements for Chemical Plants and Refineries

On June 12, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced another extension to the effective date of the Obama-era rule amending federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements for...more

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

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On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and...more

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

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On June 7, 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information...more

2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners Announced

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On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award (GCCA). We applaud this year’s winners. This is EPA’s 22nd year of using the GCCA to honor...more

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