July 18, 2022

Defra Begins Public Consultation on Extending the UK REACH Transitional Registration Deadlines

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has begun a public consultation on extending the UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) submission deadlines for transitional registrations — the registrations under UK REACH of substances that were registered in the European Union (EU) in accordance with EU REACH on or before December 31, 2020, the end of the Brexit transition period. Defra seeks comment on two options to...
July 13, 2022

Superfund Tax on Chemicals: What You Need to Know to Comply

As reported in our May 19, 2022, memorandum, the Superfund excise tax on certain chemical substances was reinstated beginning on July 1, 2022, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The newly reinstated tax has caught many off guard, and most subject to the tax are struggling with computing and reporting the tax. We offer some guidance below and stand ready to assist. Overview There are two separate Superfund chemical excise taxes: a tax on the...
July 12, 2022

EPA Releases Draft Revisions to Risk Determinations for PCE, NMP, Methylene Chloride, and TCE, Finding that Each, as a Whole Chemical Substance, Presents an Unreasonable Risk of Injury to Health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released draft revisions to the risk determinations for perchloroethylene (PCE) (87 Fed. Reg. 39085), N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) (87 Fed. Reg. 39511), methylene chloride (87 Fed. Reg. 39824), and trichloroethylene (TCE) (87 Fed. Reg. 40520). Each draft revision to the risk determinations for these chemicals reflects EPA’s announced policy changes to ensure the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals in a way that is...
July 11, 2022

EPA Publishes Final Scope for Part 2 of Asbestos Risk Evaluation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on June 29, 2022, the final scope of the risk evaluation to be conducted for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluation Including Legacy Uses and Associated Disposals of Asbestos. 87 Fed. Reg. 38746. EPA will evaluate the conditions of use (COU) of asbestos, including other types of asbestos fibers in addition to chrysotile, that EPA had excluded from Part 1 as legacy uses and associated disposals, as well as any COUs of...
July 6, 2022

FTC Intends to Initiate Review of Green Guides in 2022

On July 2, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its modified ten-year regulatory review schedule. 86 Fed. Reg. 35239. FTC reviews its rules and industry guides on a ten-year schedule to ensure they remain relevant and not unduly burdensome. FTC publishes its review schedule each year, with adjustments made in response to public input, changes in the marketplace, and resource demands. FTC, in its discretion, may modify or reorder the schedule in the future to...
July 5, 2022

TSCA at Six: ELI, B&C, and GWU Conclude Another Fabulous Conference

On June 29, 2022, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health presented “TSCA Reform — Six Years Later.” This virtual conference marked the sixth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Speakers covered a variety of...
June 30, 2022

Final Revision to HBCD Risk Determination Finds HBCD, as a Whole Chemical Substance, Presents an Unreasonable Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 29, 2022, the availability of the final revision to the risk determination for the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD) risk evaluation issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 87 Fed. Reg. 38747. The revision reflects EPA policy changes intended to ensure the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals in a way that is supported by science and the law. EPA states that it determined...
June 27, 2022

EPA Announces New Chemical Engineering Initiative Intended to Increase Transparency and Reduce Rework

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 24, 2022, that it is “conducting a broad outreach effort to describe and discuss with stakeholders how the Agency evaluates data provided for new chemicals submissions and common issues that cause EPA to have to reconduct risk assessments (‘rework’) for these submissions.” According to EPA, its goal is to reduce rework of initial risk assessments for new chemicals submissions that is caused by submitters...
June 24, 2022

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Implementation of TSCA Amendments

On June 22, 2022, the sixth anniversary of the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on “Toxic Substances Control Act Amendments Implementation.” The Committee’s only witness was Michal Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Freedhoff’s written testimony...
June 10, 2022

EPA Seeks Information on End-of-Life Management of Batteries and Current Labeling Standards and Requirements Regarding Their End-of-Life

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) published a request for information (RFI) on June 9, 2022, seeking information on the end-of-life management of batteries, including their generation, collection, recycling, and reuse, as well as the current labeling standards and requirements for batteries regarding their end-of-life. 87 Fed. Reg. 35202. According to the RFI, EPA is developing best practices with respect to the collection...