May 24, 2024

EPA Releases Draft Risk Evaluation Documents for DIDP and DINP for Public Comment and Peer Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 20, 2024, the availability of and solicited public comment on the draft manufacturer-requested risk evaluation (MRRE) for di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and the draft physical chemical, fate, and hazard assessments for di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) prepared under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 89 Fed. Reg. 43847. In its May 17, 2024, press release, EPA states that it preliminarily determined that all but one of the uses of...
May 21, 2024

Registration Now Open for “TSCA Reform — Eight Years Later” Conference

Registration is now open for “TSCA Reform — Eight Years Later,” the June 26, 2024, day-long conference sponsored by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. The conference focuses on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) implementation challenges and accomplishments since the enactment in 2016 of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...
May 20, 2024

House and Senate Hold Hearings on EPA’s FY 2025 Budget Request

On April 30, 2024, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a separate hearing on EPA’s FY 2025 budget request on May 1, 2024, and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held its own hearing on May 8, 2024. On...
May 17, 2024

EPA Holds Webinar on “Reducing PFAS in Products: Progress and Challenges”

On May 8, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) held a webinar on “Reducing PFAS in Products: Progress and Challenges.” The webinar was the third in EPA’s series on “Pollution Prevention in Action.” Jennie Romer, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention, hosts webinars featuring businesses, Pollution Prevention grantees, and other experts about innovations and successes in implementing...
May 17, 2024

EPA Bans Most Uses of Methylene Chloride, Requires Stronger Worker Safety Requirements for Remaining Industrial Uses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on May 8, 2024, a final rule to address unreasonable risks of injury to health EPA identified caused by methylene chloride under its conditions of use (COU). 89 Fed. Reg. 39254. According to EPA, the final rule will prevent serious illness and death associated with uncontrolled exposures to methylene chloride by preventing consumer access methylene chloride and by restricting the industrial and commercial use of methylene chloride while...
May 16, 2024

EPA, FDA, and USDA Issue Joint Regulatory Plan for Biotechnology

On May 8, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a plan to update, streamline, and clarify their regulations and oversight mechanisms for products of biotechnology. The Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology: Plan for Regulatory Reform under the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (the Plan) provides a roadmap for actions the agencies will take,...
May 15, 2024

Recent Federal Developments for May 2024

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI                                                                                                                           EPA Issues Asbestos Part 2 Draft Risk Evaluation, Preliminarily Determines That Asbestos Poses Unreasonable Risk To Human Health: On April 16, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of and requested...
May 14, 2024

EPA Amends Procedural Framework Rule for Conducting TSCA Risk Evaluations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on April 23, 2024, that amends the procedural framework rule for conducting risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to the final rule, published in the Federal Register on May 3, 2024, EPA reconsidered the procedural framework rule for conducting such risk evaluations and is revising certain aspects of that framework to align better with the statutory text and applicable court decisions,...
May 10, 2024

EPA Accepting Comment on Proposed Consent Decrees to Settle Lawsuits Challenging Time to Complete TSCA Risk Evaluations

On April 26, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested comment on proposed consent decrees that would address lawsuits filed by the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc. (CIDA), Learning Disabilities Association of America, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Sierra Club, and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (CIDA Plaintiffs) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on September 18, 2023, CIDA v. EPA, Case No. 1:23-cv-02715 (the...
May 9, 2024

EPA Issues First-Ever Drinking Water Standards for PFAS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on April 26, 2024, the final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 89 Fed. Reg. 32532. The NPDWR establishes Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) for six PFAS in drinking water: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA) as contaminants...