May 11, 2016

TSCA:  B&C Analyzes CDR Enforcement Actions from 2007 to 2014

In preparation for the opening of the reporting period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) conducted a review of recent enforcement actions taken by EPA under the CDR rule. B&C reviewed enforcement action data from May 2007 through September 2014 and found 37 different cases involving an allegation of a violation of the CDR rule. Based on the data collected, B&C highlighted a...
May 3, 2016

TRANSCRIPT: “TSCA Reform:  What’s Happening, and What’s Next?”

As we are poised to witness the reauthorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — the first revision of our domestic chemical management law in 40 years — stakeholders will need immediately to understand what the “new TSCA” means for their industrial operations and strategically adjust their global operations to the new law. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) convened a summit to examine generally the anticipated changes to TSCA, the process and...
May 2, 2016

EPA Likely to Issue Soon PFOA Drinking Water Health Advisory

Firm clients and friends with interests in perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and other perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are likely aware that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to issue by mid-May or so new guidance on safe drinking water levels for these chemicals. As EPA and a handful of states continue to address elevated levels of lead in drinking water, EPA Administrator McCarthy has made clear in various meetings over the past...
April 28, 2016

Proposition 65: OEHHA Lists Styrene under Prop 65 and Proposes NSRL

On April 22, 2016, California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a final notice listing styrene as known to the state to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop 65). OEHHA also issued a proposal to adopt a Prop 65 No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) of 27 micrograms per day for styrene. The listing of styrene has been contentious. OEHHA previously attempted to propose...
April 25, 2016

EPA Covers Zirconization under Metal Finishing Effluent Limitation Guidelines

On April 11, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum entitled “Coverage for ZirconizationTM Under 40 CFR Part 433 (Metal Finishing ELG),” which concludes that “wastewater generated by ZirconizationTM or a process that applies a zirconium oxide finish to a metal substrate is subject to the Metal Finishing [Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG)].” Zirconization is the trade name for a process that produces a zirconium oxide...
April 22, 2016

NTP Issues Monograph On Cobalt

On April 22, 2016, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued a monograph concluding that cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo are expected to cause human cancer. Specifically, NTP stated that “[t]here is sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo (collectively referred to as cobalt) in experimental animals based on increased incidence of malignant and/or a combination of...
April 11, 2016

FIFRA: EPA Announces Updated Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Intended to Combat Emerging Pathogens

In response to the increasing concerns regarding emerging viral pathogens that are not on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant labels, EPA announced on April 7, 2016, that it was updating its Guidance regarding emerging viral pathogens. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is authorized to evaluate the efficacy of antimicrobial products intended to control pathogens that can be detrimental to public health. Many believe...
April 6, 2016

EPA Issues Updated Recommended Water Quality Criteria for Cadmium

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its updated Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Cadmium — 2016 under Section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). 81 Fed. Reg. 19176. The updated cadmium criteria recommendations replace the criteria values that EPA last issued in 2001. The CWA directs EPA to develop, publish, and periodically revise the ambient water quality criteria for aquatic life and human health that best...
April 5, 2016

Proposition 65:  OEHHA Proposes Revisions to Its Proposed Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On March 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) modified its November 27, 2015, proposed rule that would repeal and replace the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 regulations covering “clear and reasonable warnings” requirements. OEHHA states that the proposed changes are based on its response to the written comments it received on the proposed rule, and on oral comments provided during a January 13, 2016, public hearing. The...
March 29, 2016

EPA Issues Final Rule Granting Partial CDR Exemptions For Biodiesel Products

On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule exempting manufacturers of six biodiesel chemicals from reporting processing and use information under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a). 81 Fed. Reg. 17392. In 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), managed by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) affiliate, B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM)...
March 25, 2016

OEHHA Proposes MADL For BPA (Dermal Exposure From Solid Materials), And Other Recent Endocrine Disruptor Developments

OEHHA Proposes MADL For BPA (Dermal Exposure From Solid Materials): On March 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed a maximum allowable dose level (MADL) for bisphenol A (BPA) (dermal exposure from solid materials) of three micrograms per day. OEHHA states that it reviewed the transcript of the May 7, 2015, meeting of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) and the hazard identification materials...
March 18, 2016

Biotechnology:  NAS to Study Future Products of Biotechnology

On March 18, 2016, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) announced the appointment of its provisional committee on “Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System.” This study is being commissioned pursuant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) July 2, 2015, memorandum, “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products,” that states...
March 7, 2016

TSCA Reform:  Administration Letter Submitted to Congress on TSCA Reform Legislation

A January 20, 2016, letter from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy provides the Administration’s reaction to, and comments on, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation that has passed both the House and the Senate in somewhat different forms. The differences between the bills are currently being sorted out and reconciled. The bills at issue are the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) and the Frank R....
March 3, 2016

Agencies Convene Second Meeting On Modernizing Regulatory System For Biotechnology Products

On March 2, 2016, EPA and other federal agencies announced that the second public meeting on the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products” would be held March 9, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. 81 Fed. Reg. 10858. According to EPA, the March 9, 2016, meeting was convened to solicit comment on the current federal roles and responsibilities regarding biotechnology products. The July 2, 2015, memorandum was jointly issued by the...
February 29, 2016

Biotechnology: Second Meeting on Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products Will Be Held March 9

The second public meeting on the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products” will be held March 9, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT) in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open. To participate in person, registration should be completed by March 4, 2016. Registration is also required to view and participate in a live streaming of the public meeting. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
February 11, 2016

House Bill Would Delete International Regulatory Provisions From Clean Air Act, And Other Recent CAA Developments

House Bill Would Delete International Regulatory Provisions From Clean Air Act: Stating that “this assault on our Constitution and states’ rights must be stopped,” Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on February 11, 2016, introduced a bill that would deny the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “the ability to bypass Congress and take control of every states’ energy program.” The Energy Sovereignty Act (H.R. 4544) seeks to do so by eliminating...
February 9, 2016

OEHHA Issues Final Regulations Related To Its Prop 65 Website

On January 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the adoption of final regulations (Regulations) related to the development and maintenance of a website to “provide information to the public regarding exposures to listed chemicals for which warnings are being provided” under Proposition 65 (Prop 65). Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR) at 11. OEHHA states that its intent with these Regulations is to “increase the...
February 5, 2016

Biotechnology: APHIS Seeks Comment on Potentially Significant Changes to Regulations Regarding GE Organisms

According to a Federal Register notice published on February 5, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 6225, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its intent to “prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with potential changes to the regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered [(GE)] organisms.” The notice...
February 4, 2016

REACH Enforcement: Notes from ANSI Chemical Network Presentation

On January 21, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted a presentation on enforcement under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. The topics covered included “Enforcement — the Actors and the Activities”; “[the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (ECHA Forum)]’s Role and Initiatives”; “Enforcement Targeted to...
February 3, 2016

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Guidelines for Human Exposure Assessment

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in the Federal Register the beginning of a 45-day comment period on the peer review draft of the Guidelines for Human Exposure Assessment (draft Guidelines). According to EPA, the draft Guidelines benefit from over two decades of experience with assessments conducted by EPA programs under their respective authorities and constraints, as well as from input from external panels, including the...
February 2, 2016

OSTP Announces Second and Third Public Engagement Sessions for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

On February 1, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the dates and locations for the second and third public engagement sessions that will discuss the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.” The second public meeting will be held on March 9, 2016, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 6 office at 1445 Ross Avenue in Dallas, Texas. The third public meeting...
January 7, 2016

FDA Issues Final Rule Amending Food Additive Regulations

On January 4, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule amending its food additive regulations to no longer allow the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl-containing food contact substances (FCS) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods. All three of the FCSs contain extended perfluorinated alkyl chains greater than or equal to eight carbons in length and as such are long-chain...
January 5, 2016

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2016

Click here for a PDF version of the memorandum. Even if Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation is not enacted, 2016 will be a momentous year. As the curtain closes on eight years of the Obama Administration, there are a number of items expected to be among the “legacy” issues in the chemical and pesticide regulation space. Enhanced protections for farmworkers, more protective assessment policies, and a re-energized toxic chemical assessment program are among the...
December 22, 2015

TSCA Reform: Detailed Summary of Key Changes in Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as Compared with S. 697 Passed by Senate EPW in June

This analysis reviews the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as passed by the Senate on December 17, 2015, and compares it to the previous version of S. 697 (identified as Lautenberg2 in this analysis), passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in June 2015. This review also briefly compares S. 697 to H.R. 2576, the [Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)] Modernization Act of 2015, which passed the...
December 17, 2015

Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on LWCF Reauthorization and Include Language Concerning Labeling Guidelines for GE Salmon

On December 16, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee released the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The 2,009-page bill includes full appropriations legislation and funding for the 12 annual appropriations bills through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2016. The bill would reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expired on September 30, 2015. This reauthorization is likely what prompted Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to inform Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
December 14, 2015

HCS: OSHA Issues Letter of Interpretation on Import/Export Labels for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) on labeling packages for import and export. The LOI discusses labeling scenarios and details OSHA’s interpretation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) requirements for those scenarios. Background On May 26, 2012, OSHA issued a final rule modifying its HCS to conform to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized...
December 11, 2015

Proposition 65:  OEHHA Repeals and Re-Proposes Revisions to Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On November 27, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) took two actions: (1) it withdrew its proposed rule issued on January 16, 2015, that would have repealed and replaced the existing Article 6 regulations regarding the all-important “clear and reasonable warnings” requirements under Proposition 65 (Prop 65); and (2) it replaced it with a new proposed rule that will repeal and replace the Prop 65 Article 6 regulations (Proposed Rule),...
December 11, 2015

Proposition 65:  OEHHA Repeals and Re-Proposes Revisions to Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On November 27, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) took two actions: (1) it withdrew its proposed rule issued on January 16, 2015, that would have repealed and replaced the existing Article 6 regulations regarding the all-important “clear and reasonable warnings” requirements under Proposition 65 (Prop 65); and (2) it replaced it with a new proposed rule that will repeal and replace the Prop 65 Article 6 regulations (Proposed Rule),...
December 9, 2015

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal And Other Recent EPCRA Developments

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal: On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is modernizing implementation of its self-disclosure policies by creating a centralized web-based ”eDisclosure” portal to receive and automatically process self-disclosed civil violations of environmental law. 80 Fed. Reg. 76476. Under the automated eDisclosure system, “large and small businesses will quickly be able to get some of their more routine types...
November 24, 2015

EPA Seeks To Vacate Enlist Duo Herbicide FIFRA Registration And Other Recent FIFRA Developments

EPA Seeks To Vacate Enlist Duo Herbicide FIFRA Registration: On November 24, 2015, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 14-7335, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a motion to vacate voluntarily and remand its registration of Dow AgroSciences LLC’s (DowAgro) Enlist Duo herbicide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The motion for vacatur is unusual and noteworthy to all pesticide registrants. The case...
November 23, 2015

FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for the genetically engineered (GE) salmon (AquAdvantage Salmon), the first time FDA has approved a GE animal. FDA regulates GE animals under the new animal drug requirements through the Center for Veterinary Medicine in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). FDA states in the news release that it...
November 17, 2015

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term “natural” in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing “a docket to receive information and comments on the use of the term ‘natural’ in the labeling of human food products, including foods that are genetically engineered or contain ingredients produced through the use of genetic engineering.” FDA states that this...
November 11, 2015

TSCA: New Requirements for Submitting Section 5 Notices Take Effect in January 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reminded stakeholders that new requirements for submitting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 notices and support documents will take effect on January 19, 2016. EPA issued a direct final rule on July 20, 2015, amending the TSCA Section 5 electronic reporting regulations. Submitters will be required to use the new Chemical Safety and Pesticide Programs (CSPP) data flow, referred to as the new version of the electronic...
November 9, 2015

Australia Implementing Reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

As most recently reported in The Acta Group’s (ACTA®) October 28, 2015, Global Regulatory Update, the Australian government is implementing reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). According to an item in the October 6, 2015, issue of The NICNAS Bulletin, the September 2015 implementation plan outlines opportunities for community and industry consultation; timing of legislative and information technology (IT) system...
November 1, 2015

Public Meeting Announced To Discuss Modernizing The Regulatory System For Biotechnology Products Memorandum

On October 30, 2015, a public meeting was held to discuss Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology (Framework). FDA’s role in responding to the July 2015 memorandum issued by OSTP, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) entitled...
October 21, 2015

FTC Strikes Again—Company Found to Make False and Misleading Biodegradable Claims

On October 20, 2015, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Final Order with a corresponding Opinion against ECM BioFilms, Inc. (ECM) stating that ECM made false and unsubstantiated environmental claims that its additives for plastics (ECM Plastics) would make treated plastics biodegrade in a landfill. The FTC Final Order and Opinion come two years after FTC issued an administrative complaint against ECM and ten months after an FTC Administrative Law...
October 20, 2015

Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) hosted “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk,” a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Sheryl Lindros Dolan, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., of B&C, and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The event coincided with the release of “The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory...
October 9, 2015

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and the Wilson Center Release Report on Synthetic Biology’s Challenge to U.S. Regulatory Systems

Panel Discussion to Be Held Wednesday, October 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) On October 15, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) will host “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk,” a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The...
October 6, 2015

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may assist in the development of the proposed update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (CF). The RFI will assist OSTP in clarifying the current roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and...
October 6, 2015

EPA Announces Revisions to Its Worker Protection Standard

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revisions to its worker protection standard.  EPA states that these revisions are intended to “enhance the protections provided to agricultural workers, pesticide handlers, and other persons under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) by strengthening elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, pesticide safety and hazard communication information, use of personal protective...
October 1, 2015

DTSC Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternative Analysis under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released for comment its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Draft AA Guide). Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), responsible entities (generally, manufacturers) must perform an AA for the listed Chemical of Concern (COC) and Priority Product (PP) combination to determine how best to limit potential exposures or the level of potential adverse public health and environmental impacts posed by the...
September 23, 2015

FTC Green Guides:  FTC Sends Warning Letters Concerning Environmental Certification Seals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in a September 14, 2015, press release, “FTC Sends Warning Letters about Green Certification Seals,” that it sent warning letters to five providers of environmental certification seals and 32 businesses using those seals, “alerting them to the agency’s concerns that the seals could be considered deceptive and may not comply with the FTC’s environmental marketing guidelines.” FTC states that environmental...
September 21, 2015

TSCA:  EPA Releases Final SNUR for HBCD, and EPA’s SNUR Reach Over Imported Article Continues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on September 17, 2015, a signed final significant new use rule (SNUR) for hexabromocyclododecane or 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). Under the final rule, persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process HBCD for use in consumer textiles (other than for use in motor vehicles) must notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. EPA notes that in this SNUR, the exemption for persons importing or...
September 3, 2015

CERCLA:  ATSDR Proposes Updated Toxicological Profile for 13 Perfluoroalkyls

On September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in accordance with guidelines developed by ATSDR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued a proposed Toxicological Profile for Perfluoroalkyls for review and comment that included updated toxicological profiles for 13 perfluorinated chemicals, including two well-studied perfluorinated chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid...
August 25, 2015

EPA Schedules Workshop on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Algae

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the August 25, 2015, Federal Register announcing a public meeting on September 30, 2015, to receive public input and comments on EPA’s data needs to support risk assessments of biotechnology products subject to oversight under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that make use of genetically engineered algae and cyanobacteria. The notice states that the workshop will inform an update to an...
August 3, 2015

EPA Posts Information on Biotechnology Algae Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted a document concerning its development of a project intended to support public dialog concerning the development and use of biotechnology.  EPA has oversight responsibility for the production and use of intergeneric cyanobacteria, eukaryotic microalgae, and their products by application of genetic engineering approaches.  EPA’s recently posted document, US Environmental Protection Agency Biotechnology Algae Project, states...
July 27, 2015

HCS:  OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish “policies and procedures to ensure uniform enforcement of the Hazard Communication standard” (HCS 2012). The Directive repeals previous instructions CPL 02-02-038 and CPL 02-02-039. It also cancels both enforcement memorandums effective February 9, 2015, and May 29, 2015, respectively. For more...
July 10, 2015

Endocrine Disruptors:  EPA Releases Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Tier 1 Assessments

The release of the first Tier 1 assessments in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 30, 2015, is a significant benchmark in the program since the original List 1 test orders were initially issued in October 2009. Fifteen of the original 67 List 1 chemicals were subsequently cancelled or discontinued by the respective pesticide registrants. The intended purpose of the Tier 1 screening was to identify potential...
July 9, 2015

TSCA Reform:  House Passes TSCA Modernization Act:  Senate to Consider TSCA Soon

On June 23, 2015, the House passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) by a vote of 398-1. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a press release on June 22, 2015, noting that the bill “would bring much-needed reform to the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and is a true bipartisan breakthrough for the committee.” According to the press release, support “has poured in for this bill as it works to improve the protection...
July 6, 2015

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Council on Environmental Quality issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of...