May 24, 2016

FTC Announces Settlement Barring Company From Making Misleading Pest-Control Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 24, 2016, that Viatek Consumer Products Group, Inc. and Company owner and President Lou Lentine have agreed to settle FTC charges that they made deceptive claims for Viatek-brand Mosquito Shield Bands. FTC also charged Lentine and Viatek with violating a 2003 administrative order prohibiting Lentine from making product claims without “competent and reliable” evidence to support them. According to the FTC’s February 2015...
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...