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EPA Releases Final Test Guideline for Performance Against Bed Bugs

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Varnum LLP on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Alston & Bird on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

ECHA Committee Concludes Titanium Dioxide Should Be Classified as Suspected of Causing Cancer When Inhaled

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 9, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) “concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the [Classification, Labeling and Packaging...more

Australian Consultation Paper Addresses Regulatory Treatment of Unlisted Chemicals Introduced at the Nanoscale

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 describes the legislative framework for a reformed, risk-based regulatory scheme for Australia to continue to regulate the introduction of industrial chemicals. The Australian government has...more

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

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

Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not That Easy

With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the February 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory...more

Minamata Convention to Take Effect in August, Restricting the Production and Usage of Mercury Worldwide

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 17, the European Union and seven EU member states ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, pushing past the 50-state threshold needed for its entry into force. The treaty – the most recent of the global...more

Use of the Chemical Name in Managing New Chemical Polymers under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

One of the consequences of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and make determinations under Section 5(a)(3)(B) on premanufacture notification...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

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Notable regional developments abound: Argentina has adopted new hazardous wastes storage rules; Brazil's dangerous good transportation regulations will go into effect shortly; the Chilean Senate unanimously passed a consumer...more

Court Questions Applicability of Function Way Result Test In Chemical Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Mylan Institutional LLC v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., the Federal Circuit reviewed a preliminary injunction based in part on a finding of likelihood of success in establishing infringement under the doctrine of equivalents....more

ISO Publishes Procedure for Detecting Reactive Oxygen Species Generated by Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently announced publication of standard ISO/TS 18827:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Electron spin resonance (ESR) as a method for measuring reactive oxygen species (ROS)...more

Appellate Court Vacates Conditional Nanosilver Registration

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit responded to two petitions for review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) conditional registration of a nanosilver pesticide product and vacated...more

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