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Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 13-15, 2017, Reston, Virginia

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute, will be held in Reston, Virginia on June 13-15, 2017. GC&E is a gathering...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 TBBPA Petition: On March 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 21 petition submitted by, among others,...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 3

by Jones Day on

FDA Amends Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule - On April 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") notified industry regarding the amendment of waivers available under the Sanitary Transportation of Human...more

Petitioners File Motion for Further Mandamus Relief in Response to EPA’s Order Denying Petition to Ban Chlorpyrifos

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 5, 2017, Petitioners Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Petitioners) filed a Motion for Further Mandamus Relief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

President Trump Proposes Defunding the Chemical Safety Board

by BakerHostetler on

President Trump has proposed a budget for next year that would cut all funding for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency that has operated since 1998. It is responsible for...more

Don’t Miss The Biobased and Renewable Chemicals Conference, May 10-11, 2017, In Wilmington, Delaware

The 2017 Biobased and Renewable Chemicals Conference, which has been organized by the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and supported by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute, is a...more

AIHA Publishes Nanomaterial Stewardship Guidance

On March 29, 2017, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) announced the availability of nanomaterial stewardship guidance sponsored by the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group. The guidance addresses stewardship...more

EPA Delays Effective Date of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Final Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 20, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice that it was delaying the effective date of five regulations, including the final rule on the certification of...more

SCCS Issues Final Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Dermally Applied Cosmetic...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 7, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued a final opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide, or triethoxycaprylylsilane as...more

Maybe 2018 Will Be the Year We Finally See How the California Safer Consumer Product Regulations Will Work in Practice? Spray...

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DTSC has released the rulemaking for its second selected “priority product” which is spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted methylene diphenyl diicyanates. This is a product that is actually manufactured and sold in...more

EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule Delayed Again

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EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule continues to face an uncertain future, particularly given EPA Administrator Pruitt’s historical opposition. On March 16, EPA again stayed the effective date of the Rule...more

New Amendments to SIPO's Guidelines for Patent Examination

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) on March 1, 2017 finalized the amendment to its Guidelines for Examination; the amendments included patentability of business method patents, enhanced claiming options...more

Clean Water Act Suit in Washington Federal District Court Implicates Pesticide Active Ingredients

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 21, 2017, the Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) filed a Clean Water Act (CWA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District that involves a number of pesticide active ingredients in addition...more

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

Properly Accommodating Pregnant Employees in Hazardous Workplaces

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The settlement of a recent pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against RTG Furniture Corp., provides a valuable reminder to employers that even well-intentioned...more

Environmental Law Update: Comment Period for Three Proposed Toxic Substances Rules to Close in March

by K&L Gates LLP on

In June 2016, then-President Barack Obama signed into law the first major revisions to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) in decades. The newly enacted Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...more

AkzoNobel Joins Partnership To Develop Wood To Chemicals Biorefinery

On February 9, 2017, Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel (a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®)), Chemport Europe, RWE Generation, and Staatsbosbeheer to develop a reference plant...more

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS),...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

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This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 16, 2017 – February 15, 2017. The pace of environmental and sustainability initiatives continues at its breakneck pace in Latin America, notwithstanding summer...more

Another Draft REACH Guidance Document on Nanomaterials Moves to CARACAL for Review

According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, the draft Guidance on information requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment: Appendix R7-1 Recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to Chapter R7a Endpoint...more

EPA Proposes Rules to Implement TSCA Reform

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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016. We previously summarized that bill's key changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). This Commentary highlights...more

TSCA Reform Implementation Update

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Eight months have now passed since President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), Pub. Law 114-182, on June 22, 2016. This historic legislation overhauled the Toxic...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - January 2017

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The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for January 2017. 1. Audovisual...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

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Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

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