May 8, 2020

China Publishes Long-Awaited Revised MEP Order No. 7

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), formerly the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), issued the long-awaited revision of MEP Order No. 7 in final, “Measures on the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances” (MEE Order No. 12), on April 29, 2020, which will become effective January 1, 2021. MEE Order No. 12 is generally the same as the Notification Draft that MEE notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 2, 2019, except that...
May 7, 2020

GAO Priority Recommendations for EPA Include Assessing and Controlling Toxic Chemicals

On May 5, 2020, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report updating its open priority recommendations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to GAO, in April 2019, it identified 17 priority recommendations for EPA. Since then, EPA has implemented three of those recommendations by, among other things, assessing established timeframes for each step in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process and publishing current information...
April 28, 2020

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation of Perchloroethylene

On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft risk evaluation of perchloroethylene. According to EPA, it reviewed 68 conditions of use and preliminarily found unreasonable risk to workers, occupational non-users (ONUs), consumers, bystanders, and the environment from certain uses. EPA will use feedback received from the peer review and public comment process to inform the final risk evaluation. EPA notes that if its final risk evaluation finds there...
April 27, 2020

B&C Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on TSCA Fees for EPA-Initiated Risk Evaluations, Preliminary Lists for 20 High-Priority Chemicals, and Self-Identification Requirements

Under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authority to collect fees from chemical manufacturers and importers to defray a portion of the EPA costs associated with implementation efforts. The EPA fees rule, which became effective on October 18, 2018, required payment of fees for eight categories of fee-triggering events under TSCA, including EPA-initiated risk evaluations under TSCA Section 6. As part of the final fees rule, EPA...
April 21, 2020

EPA Releases Second Set of Draft Scope Documents for Remaining High-Priority Substances

On April 17, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft scope documents for the remaining seven of the 20 chemicals designated as high-priority substances for risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The draft scope documents include the proposed conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA expects to consider in the risk evaluations. The documents also include: a description of...
April 21, 2020

FDA Issues Emergency Authorized Use for Manufacturers of Face Masks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on April 18, 2020, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for manufacturers and distributors of face masks in response to the ongoing efforts for prevention of the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As discussed below, in issuing this EUA, the FDA is effectively allowing manufacturers and distributors to address well-publicized concerns relating to national personal protective equipment (PPE)...
April 7, 2020

EPA Seeks Public Comment on First Batch of Draft Scope Documents

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. EPA released draft scope documents for 13 of the next 20 chemicals undergoing risk evaluation, and stated that it will soon release and accept public comments on the seven remaining draft scope documents. According to EPA, the scope...
April 2, 2020

Russian Federation Accepting Nominations to New Chemical Inventory

The Russia Federation issued in final the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Chemical Products (TRSCP; Decree No. 1019) in October 2016 to establish a framework for regulation of chemical substances. Its implementation created a chemical inventory to include chemicals and mixtures in circulation and those intended for circulation in the territory of the Russian Federation. Inventory information is to be submitted online to the Russian Federation’s Governmental Industry Information Exchange...
April 1, 2020

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation of Asbestos, Will Hold Virtual Peer Review Meeting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the draft risk evaluation of asbestos on March 30, 2020. EPA will publish a notice of availability in the Federal Register, beginning a 60-day comment period. EPA will hold a virtual peer review meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) on the draft risk evaluation April 27-30, 2020. The virtual peer review meeting is open to the public to attend and provide comments. EPA will hold a...
March 31, 2020

EPA Publishes 2020 Mercury Inventory Report, Enhancing Transparency of Data

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 stored, sold,...