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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California attorney general sues EPA over records on administrator - Washington Post - Aug 11 - California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

Chemicals, Compliance and the Toxic Substances Control Act

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) required the compiling of a national register of chemicals that were manufactured in or imported into the United States for a non-exempt commercial purpose, and the first TSCA Inventory...more

The TSCA Inventory Reset Begins

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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 are due by February 7, 2018. All...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) addresses new chemical notifications and, as such, is chemical innovation’s regulatory gatekeeper. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...more

Six things to know about glyphosate

by DLA Piper on

Glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, is under scrutiny by media and plaintiff groups amid recent reports that it is potentially carcinogenic. A key ingredient in consumer and industrial...more

ClientEarth Files Complaint with EU Ombudsman over EC Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products

ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that it filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) Ombudsman about the European Commission’s (EC) “unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.” As...more

EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports. The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields:...more

AkzoNobel Announces First Biobased Polymer Application Agreement With Itaconix

On July 26, 2017, AkzoNobel, a member of BRAG, announced that its Specialty Chemicals business issued in final the first in a series of application agreements for biobased polymers from its collaboration with Itaconix, a...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from June16, 2017 – July 15, 2017. Latin America continues its breathtaking pace in releasing new environmental and sustainability initiatives and embracing international...more

EPA Seeks Comment on Nominations to “Augmented” Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on August 3, 2017, providing the names and affiliations of additional candidates currently under consideration for appointment to the Science...more

Chemical Safety Rule Delay Challenged in D.C. Circuit

by Burr & Forman on

Attorneys General for eleven states filed a challenge in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to vacate a recently announced 2-year delay in implementation of chemical safety rules. ...more

EPA Issues Three Final TSCA Framework Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

The final rules establish procedures to identify high-risk chemicals, conduct risk evaluations, and reset the TSCA Inventory. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued three final framework rules...more

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s Comments on New Category Documents under the New Chemicals Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) appreciates the efforts being made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to upgrade and update several of the category documents in the New Chemicals Program, encourage EPA’s...more

TSCA Implementation Update: EPA Finalizes Framework Rules and Announces Scope For First Risk Evaluations

TSCA Framework Rules Promulgated - As we outlined last year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

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