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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2015

EPA Extends Public Comment Period On Three Flame Retardant Clusters: On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan...more

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Revises Regulations Governing Bulk Storage Tanks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued revised regulations, effective October 11, 2015, governing the management and bulk storage of petroleum and hazardous substances. Corresponding...more

TSCA Reform Bills Advance in House and Senate

S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, was the subject of a legislative hearing at the Environment and Public Works Committee in April, and was reported favorably to the full Senate along...more

OEHHA Issues Further Modification of Warning Website Regulations

On September 4, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) provided notice of additional changes to its proposal to establish a website, operated by OEHHA, which would provide...more

EPA Denies Petition to Remove EGBE From List of TRI Form R Chemicals

Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) is a solvent used primarily in the production of paints, coatings, and metal and household cleaners. It’s also used in the production of other chemicals. Facilities that manufacture,...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Operating a Well in California May Automatically Put You At Risk for a Prop 65 Lawsuit

California's Proposition 65 is notorious for its duty-to-warn requirement, which states that a business must give a clear and reasonable warning prior to exposing people to certain levels of any listed chemical. The warning...more

EPA Announces Revisions to Its Worker Protection Standard

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revisions to its worker protection standard. EPA states that these revisions are intended to “enhance the protections provided to agricultural...more

DTSC Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternative Analysis under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released for comment its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Draft AA Guide). Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), responsible entities...more

California Attorney General Targets Prop. 65 Plaintiffs’ Settlement Terms

The California Office of the Attorney General is seeking to limit certain payment provisions common in Prop. 65 plaintiffs’ settlements with defendants. The proposed rulemaking, published September 25, 2015, would limit the...more

Notification of SVHCs in Finished Products

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently handed down a landmark judgment which clarifies when the notification obligations under REACH relating to substances of very high concern (SVHCs) apply. REACH requires...more

TSCA: EPA Releases Final SNUR for HBCD, and EPA’s SNUR Reach Over Imported Article Continues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on September 17, 2015, a signed final significant new use rule (SNUR) for hexabromocyclododecane or 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). Under the final rule,...more

Multiple Algae-related Agency And Industry Events In Coming Weeks

Stakeholders working with algae to produce chemicals and fuels should take note of these upcoming opportunities: - EPA's "Workshop for Public Input on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Algae,"...more

On the Cusp of TSCA Reform, States Continue to Regulate Chemicals

As legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act nears passage in Congress, states continue to enact and implement a diverse array of their own requirements affecting the use of chemicals in products sold within...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2015

EPA Releases TSCA Assessment Documents For Flame Retardant Chemicals: On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents...more

ECJ Interprets Rules of Jurisdiction for Cartel Damages Claims

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has recently handed down a landmark judgment in the Hydrogen Peroxide case, confirming that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of...more

Proposition 65: OEHHA to Consider Adding and Delisting Certain Chemicals of Concern

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”), which is responsible for determining the chemicals that are included on its list of chemicals known to be carcinogenic or to cause reproductive harm, thereby...more

EPA Announces Availability of OCSPP Final Test Guidelines

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in a Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the addition of three Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) final test guidelines to its...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Requests to Stay Use of Enlist Duo Herbicide During Judicial Review

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a motion for a stay pending review filed on December 18, 2014, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as well as a subsequent stay motion...more

Canadian Government to Ban Microbeads in Personal Care Products

Microbeads are synthetic polymer particles manufactured to be larger than 0.1 micrometer and smaller than or equal to five millimeters and are commonly used in personal care products such as scrubs, bath products, facial...more

Archie Bunker, Batgirl and the International Fight Against Corruption

This week saw the death of two notables from the television industry, Bud Yorkin and Yvonne Craig. According to his Obituary in the New York Times (NYT), Yorkin rose up the television industry ranks to eventually team with...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2015

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

Tax Credits For Renewable Chemical Production Introduced In The House

On July 29, 2015, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities, and for other purposes (H.R. 3390)...more

Massachusetts Issues Guidance on Addressing 1,4 Dioxane Sites

MassDEP issued a fact sheet in June identifying special considerations for responding to releases of 1,4-dioxane (“dioxane”), which was primarily used as a stabilizer and corrosion inhibitor as an additive to chlorinated...more

RMP and General Duty Clause Enforcement Continues at EPA Region 1

As we reported last year, the U.S. EPA has stepped up its enforcement activity under the risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act (“CAA”), Section 112(r), focusing on both the Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) program rules...more

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