July 30, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Transportation Revisions Are Coming Down the Pipeline,” Chemical Processing, July 2010.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently signaled interest in revising the hazardous materials regulations (HMR) governing transportation of combustible materials. PHMSA seeks to harmonize domestic and international regulations applicable to transportation of combustible liquids....
July 2, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Washington: Safe for Humans?,” Manufacturing Today, Summer 2010.

Hundreds of U.S. businesses have already received in the mail test orders issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for initial endocrine screening under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). Hundreds more will receive orders later this year. How recipients respond to an EDSP test order can present challenging issues. This article explains why....
July 2, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Nanosilver Pesticide Products: What Does the Future Hold?,” Environmental Quality Management, Summer 2010.

Last issue’s installment of the “Washington Watch” column discussed some key issues surrounding nanosilver and noted an ongoing review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). Now that the SAP has issued its much-anticipated report and recommendations, it is worth revisiting the topic of nanosilver pesticides....
July 2, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Tiny Particles Get Big Attention,” Chemical Processing, June 2010.

Nanoscale materials may figure in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform. While not mentioning “nanotechnology,” a bill introduced on April 15, by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) addresses chemicals with “special substantive characteristics.” The bill authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate and compel data on new/special uses of existing chemicals “separate from any use of the chemical substance that does not exhibit such special...
July 2, 2010

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Legal Lookout: Endocrine Disruptors: Test Orders Abound,” Pollution Engineering, June 2010.

In April 2009, EPA identified a final list of 67 chemicals for initial screening under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). From October 2009 to April 2010, the agency issued more than 700 test orders. Responding to an EDSP test order can present challenging issues. The agency began implementing this mandate well over a decade ago through the EDSP....
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....