July 16, 2024

Determining PFAS Content in Your Supply Chain and Expanding Data Collection Practice, July 23, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT), via webinar

Register now to join Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) for “Determining PFAS Content in Your Supply Chain and Expanding Data Collection Practice,” a complimentary webinar covering the basics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) reporting rule for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). With Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) wrapping up this fall, companies still have time to gather the necessary information regarding PFAS to begin reporting as early as this November....
July 12, 2024

Comments on Canada’s Updated Draft State of PFAS Report and Revised Risk Management Scope Are Due September 11, 2024

The July 13, 2024, Canada Gazette will include a notice announcing the availability of the Updated Draft State of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Report (Updated Draft Report) and Revised Risk Management Scope for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) (Revised Risk Management Scope). The Updated Draft Report defines PFAS as “fluorinated substances that contain at least one fully fluorinated methyl or methylene carbon atom (without any [hydrogen, chlorine, bromine, or iodine...
July 11, 2024

OIRA Will Offer Training Sessions on Effective Participation in the Public Comment Process

As part of its efforts to strengthen public engagement in the federal regulatory process, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced on July 10, 2024, that it will offer training sessions on effective public participation in the public comment process. 89 Fed. Reg. 56777. OIRA states that notice-and-comment rulemaking generally affords any interested individual or organization the opportunity to provide written input on the...
July 11, 2024

IRS Posts FAQs about Applying for Registration for the Clean Fuel Production Credit

On July 10, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it issued frequently asked questions (FAQ) in Fact Sheet 2024-25 related to which entities must apply for registration for the Clean Fuel Production Credit. As reported in our June 10, 2024, blog item, the Inflation Reduction Act allows a credit for the production of clean transportation fuels beginning on January 1, 2025. To claim a Clean Fuel Production Credit, the taxpayer must be registered...
July 10, 2024

Court Vacates TSCA Section 4 Test Order, Grant’s Vinyl Institute’s Petition for Review

On July 5, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision in Vinyl Institute, Inc. v. EPA (No. 22-1089). As reported in our May 31, 2022, blog item, on May 23, 2022, the Vinyl Institute, Inc. (VI) filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking review of EPA’s March 2022 test order for 1,1,2-trichloroethane (1,1,2-TCA) issued under Section 4(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)....
July 9, 2024

House Committee Will Hold EPA Oversight Hearing on July 10, 2024

The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability will hold a full committee hearing on July 10, 2024, on “Oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” According to the Committee’s July 3, 2024, press release, “[t]he hearing will conduct oversight and gather information from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan on the Biden Administration’s push of excessive environmental regulations and abuse of environmental protection authorities.”...
July 8, 2024

APHIS Issues Regulatory Status Review Responses

On June 27, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it recently reviewed the following plants modified using genetic engineering to determine whether they posed an increased plant pest risk relative to non-modified comparators: Plants modified for altered product quality: CoverCress, two pennycresses; Hjelle Advisors, rice; and Toolgen, soybean; Plant modified for increased yield: Inari, two soybeans; Plant modified...
July 8, 2024

CISA Will Host 2024 Chemical Security Seminars on July 11 and 18, 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is hosting the fully virtual 2024 Chemical Security Seminars on July 11 and 18, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT). The sessions will cover a range of topics related to the security of dangerous chemicals. The preliminary agenda includes: The seminars are free to attend and open to the public....
July 5, 2024

EPA Postpones Proposed Expansion of the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment Programs

As reported in our July 27, 2023, memorandum, in July 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an expansion of the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment (DfE) programs to include certification of additional product categories. According to EPA’s website, “EPA thanks the many commenters for their input. EPA reviewed the comments and understands several categories are of interest to stakeholders and Safer Choice partners. With the 2024 decrease in EPA’s funding,...