September 18, 2012

NRC Committee on IRIS Process Holds Public Session

The National Research Council (NRC) Committee to Review the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Process held its first meeting on September 17-18, 2012, opening with a public session on September 17, 2012. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked NRC to review the IRIS process and changes being implemented or planned by EPA, and recommend modifications or additional changes as appropriate to improve the scientific and technical performance of the IRIS Program. According to...
September 10, 2012

Safer Consumer Products Summit

On September 6, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director Debbie Raphael spoke during the Safer Consumer Products Summit regarding the proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations (Proposed Regulations). Memoranda providing background information on the Proposed Regulations are available online. The Proposed Regulations are available online. Points raised during the Summit include: Timing: DTSC will hold a public hearing on the Proposed...
August 23, 2012

Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rule on Conflict Minerals

On August 22, 2012, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted three-to-two in favor of adopting a final rule regarding disclosure and reporting obligations with respect to the use of conflict minerals to implement the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Not surprisingly, the vote was along party lines with Chairwoman Shapiro and Commissioners Aguilar and Walter voting in favor and Commissioners Paredes and...
August 10, 2012

EPA Announces Proposed SNUR for Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate and Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of a proposed amendment to the significant new use rule (SNUR) for perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemical substances (available at 40 C.F.R. § 721.9582) to add seven PFAS chemical substances that have completed the new chemical review process under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but have not yet commenced production or import, and to designate (for all listed PFAS chemical substances) processing as a...
August 7, 2012

EPA and USDA Seek to Expand Public Engagement in Proposed Revisions to ESA Consultation Process within Registration Review

On August 3, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (together, the Services) announced the availability of proposed revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process as it is conducted within the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Registration Review process. The written proposal is available online....
July 30, 2012

DTSC Releases Proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On July 27, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations (Proposed Regulations). The Proposed Regulations, subject to a 45-day comment period, are the newest iteration of the much anticipated regulatory implementation of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. The Proposed Regulations have been through several iterations, including an “informal draft” that was released in October 2011, and other drafts...
July 27, 2012

Senate Committee Passes TSCA Reauthorization Legislation

In a largely symbolic vote along party lines, on July 25, 2012, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by a 10-8 vote passed an amended version of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847). Despite the Committee’s passage of the bill, the legislation faces a headwind of opposition from Senate Republicans and the chemical industry and is unlikely to be passed this year. Republicans criticized the scheduled markup of the...
July 27, 2012

China Extends Hazardous Chemicals Registration Requirement to Importers

On July 11, 2012, China’s State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published Order Number 53, Measures for the Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals, which replaces its 2002 predecessor. Order Number 53 extends the chemical registration requirements to importers and manufacturers/producers. An increase in the number of substances defined as “hazardous chemicals” in China is also expected. The Order will enter into force on August 1, 2012, and the...
July 25, 2012

Senate Holds Hearing on Oversight of EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health held a joint hearing yesterday entitled “Oversight of EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals.” The hearing examined current initiatives related to flame retardant chemicals as a means of exploring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority over chemical safety under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). During the...
July 19, 2012

Revisions to Biocidal Product Regulation in the European Union

The Acta Group will conduct a webinar on Biocidal Product Regulation on September 19, 2012. On May 22, 2012, the European Union (EU) adopted the Biocidal Products Regulation (EC Regulation 528/2012) (BPR), which will replace and repeal the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) (98/8/EC) currently in effect for regulating biocidal active substances and biocidal products. The BPR entered into force on July 17, 2012, with many new provisions going into effect on September 1, 2013, with a...