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Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United...more

EPA Prioritizes Asbestos for Review Under Newly Revised TSCA

Yesterday, EPA announced the first ten chemicals to be evaluated for their potential risk to human health and the environment under the new Toxic Substances Control Act as amended by the Frank R. Launtenberg Chemical Safety...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Extends Comment Period On Proposed SNUR: On October 21, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has reopened the comment period on a proposed Significant New...more

EPA Sends RMP Chemical Plant Safety Rule to OMB for Review

EPA has sent its Risk Management Plan revision to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, calling for a security increase at high-risk chemical facilities. Among other things, this proposal would require...more

EPA Announces Meeting Of The BOSC Chemical Safety For Sustainability Subcommittee

On November 1, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) announced a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors’ (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources and the Public Policy and Law Practice Groups of K&L Gates. Environmental Policy Quarterly...more

EPA Proposes SNUR for Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (Generic)

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for three chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including functionalized...more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Issues Statements Of Findings For September 2016: On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing its findings after its review of Toxic...more

EPA Taking First Actions to Restrict Existing Chemical Uses

On October 11, 2016, EPA announced the start of expedited rulemaking to restrict the existing uses of five widely used chemicals that have been identified as being toxic, persistent and/or bioaccumulative in the environment...more

EPA Accepting Applications For 2017 Safer Choice Partner Of The Year Awards

On October 11, 2016, EPA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking applications for the 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. The Partner of the Year Awards were developed in 2015 to recognize Safer Choice...more

TSCA Reform Will Fundamentally Change U.S. Chemical Regulation

Astonishingly, in an election year and at a time of unprecedented partisanship, this past June, Congress adopted significant reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with sweeping support from both sides of the...more

New TSCA Requirements for Chemical Importers

Companies planning to ship chemical-based products to the United States should have a basic understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the key U.S. chemicals law. That law was substantially amended in June...more

Toxic Substances Control Act: Landmark Federal Environmental Statute Reformed

In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. After forty years the landmark...more

2017 "Reset" of TSCA Inventory Will Affect All Chemical Users

The cornerstone of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is EPA's Section 6(b)(4) mandate to review the risk of each existing chemical in commerce and to regulate its use where unreasonable risks are found. With...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting submission extended

On September 16, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention extended the Chemical Data Reporting 2016 submission deadline from September 30, 2016 to October 31, 2016. ...more

EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Pose Challenges for Industry, Particularly Importers

Importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products face significant compliance challenges from EPA’s new Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards)....more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

EPA Researches How Sunscreens Containing Engineered Nanomaterials Might Change When Exposed to Chemicals in Pool Water

An August 15, 2016, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blog item describes EPA’s research on sunscreens containing engineered nanomaterials and how they might change when exposed to chemicals in pool water. According...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Extends Comment Period On PIPs: On August 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period on its White Paper describing how EPA intends to modify its...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: What Does a Reformed TSCA Mean for Private Rights of Action Under State Law? (9/16)

As we reported, on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Reform for the 21st Century Act (the Act) into law, enacting the Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) first reform in its four...more

Next Steps on New EPA Toxics Rule Implementation Reinforce the Need to Engage

The passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ("2016 TSCA Amendments") was a rare bipartisan success story. However, the August 9-10th Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") stakeholder public comment meetings on the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Releases TRI Preliminary Dataset For Calendar Year 2015: On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)...more

U.S. EPA Initiates First Bid to Restrict or Ban a Chemical – Trichloroethylene (TCE) – Under “New” TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the first effort under the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to restrict or ban a chemical. The new proposed rule, which was sent for Office of...more

TSCA Reform: Proposed Changes to SNUR Procedures Would, Perhaps Inadvertently, Result in Disclosure of CBI to Third...

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) procedures. 81 Fed. Reg. 49598. As discussed in our previous...more

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