May 24, 2010

Charles M. Auer, Lynn L. Bergeson, and Lisa R. Burchi, “TSCA Section 5(b)(4) ‘Chemicals of Concern’ List: Questions, Issues, Concerns,” Daily Environment Report, May 24, 2010.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) allows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep a list of chemicals that present or may present ‘‘an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.’’ This authority has not been used since TSCA was enacted in 1976. In April, EPA said it intends to propose a rule to add a category of eight phthalates, a category of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and bisphenol A to such a...
May 20, 2010

James V. Aidala, “The Toxic Substances Control Act: From the perspective of James V. Aidala,” interviewed by Chemical Heritage Foundation, May 20, 2010.

James V. Aidala began working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a college intern in the Office of Pesticide Programs; he returned as a policy analyst in the new Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPTS) after graduate school. From Aidala’s perspective, there was much uncertainty in the early years of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in part due to challenges with the law’s specificity regarding polychlorinated biphenyls and, later, asbestos and lead, and...
May 18, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Seeks to Lift Stay,” Chemical Processing, May 2010.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed lifting its 1994 administrative stay of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313 reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Following is an explanation of why some are concerned, why EPA proposed lifting the stay, and why reporting may be unnecessary in the first place....
May 18, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Chemical Pollutants in Water Emerge,” Chemical Processing, April 2010.

Recent advances in contaminant identification methodologies, sampling instrumentation, and analytical chemistry have caused an explosion of knowledge about the presence of previously undetected organic micropollutants. While it doesn’t follow that the mere presence of chemical contaminants results in harm, public health experts, regulators, and others aren’t sitting idly by....
April 14, 2010

Charles M. Auer, “Periodic Reporting of Hazard Data, Exposure Information on Existing Chemicals,” Daily Environment Report, Apr. 14, 2010.

A Recent co-authored paper discussed a number of fundamental changes in U.S. regulation of commercial chemicals that should be considered in revising the Toxic Substances Control Act. As discussed in that paper, while the Environmental Protection Agency under TSCA has broad authority to require testing and reporting of hazard and exposure information on existing chemicals via rulemaking, deploying these authorities have proven cumbersome and inadequate for dealing effectively with the thousands...
April 13, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Nanosilver: EPA’s Pesticide Office Considers How Best to Proceed,” Environmental Quality Management, Spring 2010.

In the super-hyped world of nano, nanosilver is the proverbial poster child for all things good and evil, depending upon your perspective. Silver enjoys many commercial applications, and its well recognized antimicrobial properties have been utilized since the beginnings of recorded history. Perhaps because of this success and high visibility, some are taking aim at silver and questioning whether there is too much silver used in industrial applications — and in particular whether there is...
March 5, 2010

Charles M. Auer, Lynn L. Bergeson, and James V. Aidala, “EPA’s Action Plans Signal a New Chapter for TSCA While Informing the Future Legislative Debate on Chemicals,” Environmental Law Reporter, March 2010.

Late last December, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced action plans on phthalates, long-chain chlorinated paraffins (LCCPs), and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs). The four action plans are the first of many, as EPA intends to issue eight more or so in 2010. This EPA initiative announces actions that are almost breathtaking in scope, and its development and implementation of the action plan items will set a number of new precedents —...
March 1, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Aligning Chemicals Labeling with Global Rules Involves Major Efforts,” Chemical Processing, March 2010.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began the Herculean task of aligning the U.S.’s Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in September 2009. GHS provides harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and creating safety data sheets (SDS)....
February 3, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Disclosure Protection May Narrow,” Chemical Processing, February 2010.

A business’ ability to claim information as confidential when submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon be at risk, based on several EPA initiatives rolled out over the past year. As Congress gears up for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislative reform, stakeholders are preparing for changes in the scope of confidential business information (CBI) protection under TSCA....
February 1, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Moves Closer to GHG Control,” Pollution Engineering, February 2010.

EPA has put itself on the path toward greenhouse gas regulation, but in Congress, the courts, and the international community, the debate rages on. On Dec. 7, 2009, EPA moved one step closer to imposing the first ever set of enforceable greenhouse gas (GHG) standards on tailpipe emissions from vehicles, and a requirement that large power plants and industrial emitters install best available control technology (BACT) to reduce emissions....