April 14, 2020

EPA Publishes Updated Data on TSCA CBI Reviews

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on August 11, 2020, its quarterly update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) confidential business information (CBI) review statistics.  These data summarize the number of CBI cases under review and results of completed reviews through June 15, 2020: CBI Review Statistics (cases received between June 22, 2016 and June 15, 2020) Cases in which the specific chemical identity is subject to CBI review 3,326 Cases in...
April 9, 2020

EPA Will Host April 16 Call on TSCA Fees for EPA-Initiated Risk Evaluations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a call on April 16, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on its recently announced plan to reduce burden for certain stakeholders subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees rule requirements for EPA-initiated risk evaluations.  The call will cover: EPA asks stakeholders to submit questions by April 14, 2020, to Ben Dyson, dyson.benjamin@epa.gov, and EPA will address them during the call. ...
April 8, 2020

EPA Receives Manufacturer Request for Risk Evaluation of D4

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 8, 2020, that it received a complete manufacturer request for EPA to conduct a risk evaluation of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) from Dow Silicones Corporation, Elkem Silicones USA Corporation, Evonik Corporation, Momentive Performance Materials, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc., and Wacker Chemical Corporation through the American Chemistry Council’s Silicones Environmental, Health, and Safety Center.  EPA states that...
April 7, 2020

Comments on TSCA Collaborative Research Program to Support New Chemicals Due May 10, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed a March 29, 2022, memorandum correcting the deadline for public comment on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Collaborative Research Program to Support New Chemicals. The memorandum states that EPA is clarifying the deadline because the February 25, 2022, Federal Register notice erroneously referenced two different dates. The 60-day comment period on the supporting technical document began when EPA added the document to the...
April 7, 2020

EPA Releases Draft Scope Documents for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 6, 2020, that the first set of draft scope documents for the next group of chemicals undergoing risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is available for comment.  As reported in our December 20, 2019, memorandum, EPA designated these chemicals as a high priority for risk evaluation in December 2019.  According to EPA, seeking public input on the conditions of use to be included in...
April 3, 2020

EPA Letter to Congress “Correct[s] the Record on the Temporary Enforcement Policy”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 2, 2020, that it sent a letter to all members of Congress to correct the record on its temporary policy regarding enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  EPA states that “[a]s should be apparent to anyone who reads the policy, allegations that EPA ‘will cease all enforcement actions during the coronavirus pandemic’ and that the temporary policy...
April 1, 2020

Acta Group Launches CDR Cross-Check™ To Assist Companies in Identifying Chemical Data Reporting Requirements

The Acta Group (Acta®) announced today the launch of CDR Cross-Check™, an ingenious yet simple tool developed and offered by Acta to assist companies in preparing for the 2020 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CDR Cross-Check utilizes the most recent CDR listing information publicly available provided by EPA (currently, 2016 lists) to identify whether all or some of a company’s inventory of chemical substances are subject to CDR...
April 1, 2020

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation of Asbestos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the draft risk evaluation of asbestos on March 30, 2020.  EPA reviewed a suite of potential asbestos exposures and made the following initial determinations on risk: EPA states that these initial determinations are based on a draft risk evaluation of the reasonably available information and are not final determinations on whether asbestos presents unreasonable risks under the conditions of use.  EPA will use feedback...
March 31, 2020

EPA Publishes 2020 Mercury Inventory Report

On March 30, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the 2020 Mercury Inventory Report on the supply, use, and trade of mercury in the United States.  The report presents aggregated data submitted on imported mercury, mercury manufactured in the United States, imported mercury-added products, mercury-added products made in the United States, and mercury used in manufacturing processes.  The inventory report also provides a broad view of U.S. mercury...
March 27, 2020

EPA Announces Temporary Enforcement Discretion Policy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 26, 2020, a temporary policy regarding enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  EPA states that its temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The policy addresses different categories of noncompliance differently.  For example, according to EPA, it “does not expect to seek penalties for noncompliance...