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California Cannabis Businesses Take Note: Prop 65 Looms Large

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Cannabis businesses may be surprised to learn that Proposition 65, the California law that seeks to warn consumers of chemicals in the products they buy, may apply to many marijuana products. This law requires all parties in...more

New ECHA Website Includes Information on Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on March 15, 2018, a new website, “Chemicals in our life.” The website is available in 23 European Union (EU) languages and “provides useful information on the benefits and...more

K-REACH Amendments Expected to Be Promulgated Shortly and Be Enforced January 2019

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The South Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced on March 14, 2018, that amendments to the Act for the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) will be promulgated on March 20, 2018, and be enforced...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, March 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - EPA Settles With Syngenta On FIFRA Violation Related To Restricted-Use Pesticide: On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has reached an agreement with Syngenta...more

California DFA Ordered to Suspend Chemical Activities

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 22, 2018, the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sacramento, issued a judgment granting petition for writ of mandate and declaratory and injunctive relief (Judgment) to suspend further chemical...more

The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

EC Committee Begins Public Consultation on Certain Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer and Sodium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer

On March 2, 2018, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its preliminary opinion on certain styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano) and sodium styrene/acrylates...more

EPA Releases Three Final Test Guidelines for Antimicrobial Pesticide Efficacy

On February 28, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of three Group B -- Antimicrobial Efficacy Test Guidelines, under Series 810, Product Performance Test Guidelines. The...more

Eastern District of California Rules on Motion to Enjoin Prop 65 Listing and Warning on Glyphosate Products

On February 26, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of California issued a memorandum and order on the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction (Order) to “enjoin the listing of glyphosate under...more

TSCA Reform Implementation and Expected 2018 Developments

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Some 20 months have passed since the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) was signed into law, making wide and significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). During that time,...more

Formaldehyde Standards: Federal Court Addresses U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Implementation Delay

The United States District Court (for the Northern District of California) issued a February 16th decision addressing a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana (“Plaintiffs”)...more

AkzoNobel Announces Project Development Agreement For Waste-To-Chemical Facility

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 16, 2018, AkzoNobel, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that a consortium of companies signed a project development agreement to develop a waste-to-chemistry facility...more

California Proposes Next Group of Priority Products (PFASs in Carpets and Rugs) Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step towards regulating a widely available consumer product. On February 15, 2018, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a discussion...more

Changes to California's Proposition 65

by Clark Hill PLC on

California’s Proposition 65 applies to any product sold in California, or any location in the state. It requires that, if the product or location contains one of over 900 potentially cancer causing or reproductive toxicant...more

What’s New with China’s Chemical Import and Export Regulatory Programs

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In 2017, China updated its new chemical registration program and toxic chemical import and export control program and introduced a new chemical program – chemical substances subject to prioritized control. This alert provides...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - Recording Available From “Chemical Regulation In 2018: A Sneak Preview Of Things To Come” Webinar: A recording is now available of “Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come,” the...more

Environmental Protection Agency Streamlines Pesticide Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed Treatment Uses

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On January 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced reduced residue chemistry data requirements for many seed-treatment pesticide uses. The new guidance introduces important changes to EPA policy and...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Joseph Siegelman Declares Candidacy for Alabama Attorney General- Democrat Joseph Siegelman, a Birmingham personal injury attorney and the son of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, announced...more

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017: California’s newest warning requirements

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the fall of last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (the "CPRTKA"), adding provisions to the California Health and Safety Code commencing at § 108950 related to...more

Manufacturer’s Alert: Focus of California Regulations for Next Three Years

by Alston & Bird on

Product manufacturers of the following product categories will be the focus of DTSC’s safer consumer product regulations for the next three years: - Beauty, Personal Care, and Hygiene Products - Cleaning Products -...more

Back to the Drawing Board: Brexit to Result in UK-REACH. How Can UK Importers and Manufacturers Best Prepare?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 February 2017, Simon Johnson from the EU Exit Team at DEFRA confirmed to the attendees of a Metal Events Ltd's Forum on REACH that the UK Government is taking a robust line on chemicals regulation as the negotiations on...more

Administrator Pruitt Signs TSCA User Fee Proposal

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule regarding user fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)....more

EPA Announces ICR Submission of Unreasonable Adverse Effects Information under FIFRA Section 6(a)(2)

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “Submission of Unreasonable Adverse Effects Information under FIFRA Section...more

EUON Links Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products to Registration Data

As reported in our June 19, 2017, blog item, the European Commission (EC) published a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union (EU) market. On February 5, 2018, the European Union Observatory...more

Igniting Awareness About Flammable Chemicals

by Howard Ankin on

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), flammable liquids and chemicals in the workplace increase the potential injury risks for workers. Flammable liquids are capable of igniting flash fires and...more

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