June 15, 2016

TSCA:  What Effect Will the TSCA Amendments Have on Proposed and Future Rulemakings?

On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) by voice vote and sent it to President Obama for signature. As reported in our memorandum, “An Analysis of Key Provisions and Fundamental Shifts in the Amended TSCA,” the Act includes new requirements in Sections 4, 5, 6, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These new requirements, among others, will need to be...
June 13, 2016

OSHA Issues Final Rule To Improve Tracking Of Workplace Injuries And Illnesses And Other Recent OSHA Developments

EPA Makes Final Revisions To EPCRA Hazard Categories: On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final revisions to EPCRA Sections 311 and 312 occasioned by changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). 81 Fed. Reg. 38104. Under the revised HCS, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate their chemicals according to the new criteria adopted from the United Nations (UN) Globally...
June 10, 2016

EPA Extends Comment Period On RCRA Corrosive Dust Petition For Six Months And Other Recent RCRA Developments

EPA Extends Comment Period On RCRA Corrosive Dust Petition For Six Months: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 10, 2016, extended until December 7, 2016, the comment period on its April 11, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 21295) tentative denial of a petition by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to amend regulations under 40 C.F.R. § 261.22 regarding the definition of corrosive hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 81...
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...