July 24, 2024

Senate Committee Will Hold Hearing on Understanding the Potential Environmental Impacts of 6PPD

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on July 31, 2024, on “Understanding the Potential Environmental Impacts of the Chemical 6PPD.” The scheduled witnesses include: As reported in our November 3, 2023, blog item, on November 2, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a petition filed under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to address the use of N-(1,3-Dimethylbutyl)-N′-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (6PPD) in tires....
July 24, 2024

Lynn L Bergeson, Kelly N Garson, “Loper Bright and TSCA: Will the demise of Chevron matter?,” Chemical Watch, July 22, 2024.

The standard of judicial review for most critical TSCA determinations under section 19 is “substantial evidence in the record taken as a whole”. This is a tough standard, considerably more rigorous than the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) standard under section 706, where agency action will be set aside if it is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” The recent Loper...
July 23, 2024

BETO’s Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Intends to Issue Industrial Partnership Call in September 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) intends to issue in September 2024 an Industrial Partnership Call (IPC) to allow collaboration between industry stakeholders and FCIC researchers. According to BETO, research areas may include biomass supply, handling, transport, storage, preprocessing, and initial chemical conversion. To maximize the likelihood of near-term impact for industrial partners, BETO...
July 23, 2024

DPR Announces Modifications to Its Proposed First-of-Its-Kind Pesticide Application Notification System

On July 2, 2024, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced the release of modifications to its proposed pesticide application notification regulation. DPR states this regulation will support the statewide implementation of what it describes to be a “first-of-its-kind” system that would provide information to the public in advance regarding the planned applications of “restricted material pesticides” used in agriculture. DPR initially proposed the regulation on...
July 22, 2024

EC Seeks Applications for Newly Established Technology Council for Advanced Materials

The European Commission (EC) launched a call on July 5, 2024, for applications for members of the new Technology Council for Advanced Materials. According to the Directorate General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, “this high-level group will coordinate efforts to meet future needs for advanced materials in Europe, and is key to building a single advanced materials ecosystem.” The EC’s February 2024 Communication on Advanced Materials for Industrial Leadership...
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,...
July 5, 2024

USDA Publishes RFI on the Production of Biofuel Feedstocks Using Climate-Smart Practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks public input on procedures for the quantification, reporting, and verification of the effect of climate-smart farming practices on the greenhouse gas (GHG) net emissions estimates associated with the production of domestic (i.e., grown in the United States) agricultural commodities used as biofuel feedstocks. 89 Fed. Reg. 53585. According to USDA’ s June 27, 2024, notice, agricultural management practices that mitigate GHG emissions and/or...
July 5, 2024

NIOSH Highlights NTRC’s Work on Engineering Controls and PPE

On July 1, 2024, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a NIOSH Science Blog item entitled “Celebrating 20 Years of the Nanotechnology Research Center: Highlights from Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment,” part of a series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC). The item notes that NIOSH researchers “have conducted laboratory and field research to develop and implement science-based national...
July 3, 2024

NNI and NNCO Will Hold July 24 Workshop on “Responsible Development, Social Science, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative”

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) are convening a July 24, 2024, workshop, “Responsible Development, Social Science, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative: A Workshop to Explore Past and Future Intersections.” According to NNI, the workshop will bring together federal experts in nanotechnology with social scientists with expertise on specific tools and frameworks relevant to the responsible development of emerging...
July 2, 2024

EPA Announces Final Cancellation Order and Updates to Existing Stocks Provisions for Several Chlorpyrifos Products

On June 25, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the issuance of a final cancellation order for Corteva’s chlorpyrifos product “Dursban 50W in Water Soluble Packets” and three Gharda chlorpyrifos products, and an amendment to the existing stocks provisions for two Liberty and three Winfield chlorpyrifos end-use products. EPA also states that it has updated its frequently asked questions about chlorpyrifos. In a final rule issued in August 2021, EPA revoked all...
June 28, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Actions to Accelerate U.S. Domestic Biomanufacturing Capacity

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a fact sheet on June 25, 2024, on the Biden-⁠Harris Administration’s actions to advance American biotechnology and biomanufacturing. According to the fact sheet, on June 25, 2024, the White House, members of the National Bioeconomy Board, and the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE), Defense (DOD), and Agriculture (USDA) convened major biotechnology and biomanufacturing companies, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to...
June 28, 2024

Minnesota Department of Health Highlights Recent Publications on PFAS Bioaccumulation and PFAS in Infant Formula

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently noted that Health Risk Assessment scientists at MDH have published two articles in the Journal of Environmental Exposure Assessment related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): MDH notes that the work was supported by the Clean Water Fund, funded by the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment....
June 27, 2024

Recording Available for “There Is More to TSCA Reporting Than CDR: TSCA Sections 8(a), (c), (d), and (e)” Webinar, Featuring Dave Turk and Stephanie Griffin from EPA OPPT

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) June 18, 2024, webinar, “There Is More to TSCA Reporting Than CDR: TSCA Sections 8(a), (c), (d), and (e),” is now available for on-demand viewing. During this one-hour webinar Dave Turk, Supervisor for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Regulatory and Policy Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT); Stephanie Griffin, Acting Supervisor of the Data Collection Branch, EPA...
June 26, 2024

EPA Announces New Initiatives to Improve Efficiency, Worker Protections, and Transparency in New Chemical Reviews

During the June 26, 2024, “TSCA Reform — Eight Years Later” conference, presented by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute, (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Michal Ilana Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided the keynote address. During her remarks, Freedhoff announced four new initiatives...
June 25, 2024

APHIS RFI Will Seek Comments on Options for Reducing Regulations for Modified Microbes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on June 25, 2024, that it will soon publish a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register, beginning a 60-day public comment period. According to APHIS, the RFI will explore options to reduce the regulatory burden for modified microbes. APHIS states that it developed the RFI in response to stakeholder requests. Specifically, APHIS will request comments to help identify: According to...
June 24, 2024

ECHA Evaluating Function of EUON; Survey Will Close July 3, 2024

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is evaluating the function of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). As part of its evaluation, ECHA is conducting a survey to collect responses from EUON website visitors and stakeholders. The survey includes questions concerning evaluation criteria such as use, effectiveness, coherence, EU-added value, and utility. The survey notes that under an ongoing legislative proposal, the European Commission (EC) foresees setting up a common...
June 24, 2024

Registration Opens for July Webinars on Minnesota’s PFAS in Products Law; MPCA Publishes Summary of Comments on CUUs

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will hold two public webinars in July to provide updates and answer questions on Minnesota’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in products law (Amara’s Law), which takes effect in stages between 2025 and 2032: As reported in our January 12, 2024, blog item, MPCA published a request for comments (RFC) on planned new rules governing CUU determinations for products containing PFAS. According to the RFC, the main purpose of...
June 17, 2024

ECHA Updates Report on Key Areas of Regulatory Challenge, Addresses Micro- and Nano-Sized Materials

On June 12, 2024, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it updated its report on key areas of regulatory challenge, providing more detailed information on areas where scientific research is needed to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The report addresses micro- and nano-size materials, stating: The report’s section on analytical methods of enforcement uses characterization of nanomaterials, including advanced nanomaterials, as an example of an...
June 17, 2024

EPA Announces Draft PR Notice to Revise Procedures for Citing Data to Support Pesticide Registrations (EPA Forms 8570-34 and 8570-35)

On June 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft Pesticide Registration Notice entitled Revised Procedures for Citing Data to Support Pesticide Registrations (EPA Forms No. 8570-34 and 8570-35) (Draft PR Notice). 89 Fed. Reg. 48893. EPA states that this Draft PR Notice will supersede PR Notice 98-5, entitled New Forms for the Certification with Respect to Citation of Data,which was issued on June...
June 14, 2024

EPA Announces Peer Review of 1,1-Dichloroethane TSCA Risk Evaluation and 1,2-Dichloroethane Hazard Assessment, Calls for Public Comments on Reviewer Candidates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 13, 2024, the change in the peer review mechanism from the letter peer review to a Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) peer review; the addition of the draft human health hazard assessment for 1,2-dichloroethane for peer review; and the availability of and solicitation of comment on the list of candidates under consideration for selection as ad hoc peer reviewers that will assist SACC with its...
June 14, 2024

NNI EHS Research Strategy: 2024 Update Available for Public Comment

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), requested comments on June 13, 2024, on the “National Nanotechnology Initiative Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy: 2024 Update” (2024 Update). 89 Fed. Reg. 50390. NNCO states that federal agencies participating in NSET’s Nanotechnology Environmental and...
June 12, 2024

Registration Opens for June 27, 2024, NNI Webinar on “What’s Next in NanoEHS: Risk Assessment and Risk Management”

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on June 27, 2024, on “What’s Next in NanoEHS: Risk Assessment and Risk Management.” During the webinar, rising nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) experts Nathan Drew, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Yueyang “Brian” Zhang, Vireo Advisors, LLC, will share their perspectives on the new tools, approaches, and models that are being developed to assess and manage...
June 12, 2024

Speakers and Sessions Announced for “TSCA Reform — Eight Years Later”

TSCA Reform — Eight Years LaterJune 26, 2024, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT) In person at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.,and virtually via livestream Register now to attend in person or virtually the complimentary “TSCA Reform — Eight Years Later” conference, presented by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of...
June 11, 2024

EPA Proposes SNUR for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (Generic) (P-21-216 and P-21-217)

On June 11, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for certain chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN) and are also subject to a TSCA Order, including multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic) (P-21-216 and P-21-217). 89 Fed. Reg. 49121. The SNURs would require persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these chemical substances for an activity that is proposed as a...
June 11, 2024

Appellate Court Affirms Decision That TSCA Section 21 Petition Seeking PFAS Testing Is Not Subject to Review

On June 10, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina’s decision to dismiss a case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to a petition seeking a test order for 54 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for lack of jurisdiction. CEH v. EPA, No. 23-1476. The district court granted EPA’s motion to dismiss, finding that EPA granted the petition...
June 10, 2024

Treasury Department and IRS Guidance Encourages Fuel Producers Eligible for Clean Fuel Production Credit to Register as Soon as Possible

On May 31, 2024, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2024-49 for the Clean Fuel Production Credit. The Inflation Reduction Act allows a credit for the production of clean transportation fuels beginning on January 1, 2025. For purposes of the Clean Fuel Production Credit, transportation fuel is divided into two broad categories of fuel: sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and non-SAF transportation fuel. According to the IRS,...
June 7, 2024

There Is More to TSCA Reporting Than CDR: TSCA Sections 8(a), (c), (d), and (e), featuring Dave Turk and Stephanie Griffin from EPA OPPT, June 18, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT), via webinar

Register now to join Dave Turk, Supervisor for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Regulatory and Policy Branch, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT); Stephanie Griffin, Acting Supervisor of the Data Collection Branch, EPA OPPT; Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C; and Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, for “There Is More to TSCA Reporting Than CDR: TSCA Sections 8(a), (c), (d), and (e).” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has...
June 7, 2024

EPA Engaging in “Administrative Deliberations” Regarding TSCA Section 5 Order Challenged by Cherokee Concerned Citizens

Cherokee Concerned Citizens watchers will be interested to know that on June 6, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed an unopposed motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to extend the deadlines in Cherokee Concerned Citizens v. EPA, (No. 23-1096). As reported in our April 17, 2023, blog item, Cherokee Concerned Citizens filed suit in April 2023 seeking review of an Order for a New Chemical Substance...
June 6, 2024

New Date – June 13, 2024 – “Sponsor’s Role in Regulatory Testing” Webinar; Registration Open

Please note that the date of this webinar has moved forward one day, from Wednesday, June 12, 2024, to Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT). Register now to join Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) for “Sponsor’s Role in Regulatory Testing — Complying with GLP Standards,” a complimentary webinar covering the roles and responsibilities of Study Sponsors, as defined by Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations and related...
June 5, 2024

GAO Finds EPA Implemented Three Open Recommendations Related to Assessing and Controlling Toxic Chemicals

On May 28, 2024, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report entitled Priority Open Recommendations: Environmental Protection Agency. According to the report, since GAO’s May 2023 letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented four of GAO’s 15 open priority recommendations, including three recommendations related to assessing and controlling toxic chemicals: GAO’s report states that in April 2023, it issued its biennial update to its...
June 5, 2024

NIOSH Science Blog Item Reviews NIOSH Risk Assessment of Engineered Nanomaterials

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC). NIOSH highlights NTRC activities in the risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials in a June 3, 2024, NIOSH Science blog item entitled “NIOSH Risk Assessment of Engineered Nanomaterials.” The item notes that NTRC risk assessments were used in developing NIOSH recommended exposure limits (REL) for three different classes of nanomaterials...
June 5, 2024

APHIS Issues RSR Responses for Modified Corn, Pennycress, Soybean, and Potato Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on May 30, 2024, that it recently reviewed the following plants modified using genetic engineering to determine whether they pose an increased plant pest risk relative to non-modified comparators: APHIS states that it found that “these modified plants were unlikely to pose an increased plant pest risk compared to other cultivated plants.” As a result, they are not subject to regulation...
June 5, 2024

New Date – June 13, 2024 – “Sponsor’s Role in Regulatory Testing” Webinar; Registration Open

Please note that the date of this webinar has moved forward one day, from Wednesday, June 12, 2024, to Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT). Register now to join Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) for “Sponsor’s Role in Regulatory Testing — Complying with GLP Standards,” a complimentary webinar covering the roles and responsibilities of Study Sponsors, as defined by Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations and related advisory...
June 4, 2024

National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology Announces Introduction of Agricultural Bills

On May 23, 2024, the National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology (NSCEB) issued a press release applauding its Congressional Commissioners — Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and Representatives Stephanie Bice (R-OK) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) — for introducing the legislative recommendations from its first report. The press release states that recognizing that food security and agricultural supply chains are key elements of national security, NSCEB developed...
June 3, 2024

BETO’s ChemCatBio Will Hold Webinar on AI for Catalysis

On June 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) will hold a webinar on artificial intelligence (AI) for catalysis. BETO states that “AI has the potential to play a crucial role in accelerated catalyst design, discovery, and optimization of chemical processes for decarbonization.” Using AI tools such as machine learning, deep learning, and large language models, “researchers can uncover...
June 3, 2024

Polyoxymethylene Added to List of Chemical Substances Subject to Superfund Excise Tax

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a notice of determination on May 31, 2024, that the list of taxable substances is modified to include polyoxymethylene. 89 Fed. Reg. 47238. As reported in our December 29, 2022, blog item, the IRS announced in December 2022 that it received a petition requesting the addition of polyoxymethylene to the list of taxable substances under Section 4672(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Celanese Ltd., an exporter of polyoxymethylene, submitted...
June 3, 2024

EC Scientific Committee Begins Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on New Coating for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form)

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on May 27, 2024, on its preliminary opinion on a new coating for titanium dioxide (nano form). According to the preliminary opinion, SCCS concluded that: Comments are due July 22, 2024....
May 31, 2024

PEER Files Request for Correction Regarding Verification Analysis for PFAS in Pesticide Products

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) announced on May 28, 2024, that it filed a request for correction (RFC) under the Information Quality Act (IQA) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research memorandum entitled “Verification Analysis for PFAS in Pesticide Products (ACB Project B23-05b)” dated May 18, 2023, and the accompanying press release. As reported in our June 2, 2023, memorandum, EPA completed a verification analysis of a study published in...
May 30, 2024

BETO Releases Report Summarizing Findings of RFI on Building Supply Chains to Meet SAF Grand Challenge Goals

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced on May 23, 2024, that it released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals. The RFI requested input from industry, academia, national laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for developing effective supply chains capable of meeting the SAF Grand...
May 29, 2024

DPR Issues California Notice 2024-10 Clarification on “Not Registered for Use In CA” and Similar Statements on Pesticide Labels

On May 24, 2024, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued California Notice 2024-10 announcing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DPR have made recent policy changes regarding state-specific language on pesticide labels intended to reduce delays related to state-specific uses. As part of DPR’s evaluation process when reviewing a new registration application, DPR may determine there are not sufficient data to support registration of a specific use in...
May 28, 2024

Updated TSCA Inventory Coincides with 2024 CDR Cycle Submission Period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 23, 2024, that it has updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. EPA states that this biannual update to the public TSCA Inventory is part of its regular posting of non-confidential TSCA Inventory data. EPA notes that this update coincides with the 2024 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycle submission period beginning June 1, 2024. According to EPA, “[m]anufacturers (including importers) should refer to the latest...