June 1, 2011

REMINDER: Notification Deadline Date for SVHCs Has Arrived

As of June 1, 2011, notifications for substances of very high concern (SVHC) identified on the Candidate List before December 1, 2010, contained in articles must be performed. The current Candidate List is available online. Thirty-eight substances are impacted by the June 1, 2011, notification deadline with an additional eight substances to be notified by June 15, 2011. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) conducted a webinar on May 19, 2011, to provide practical guidelines...
June 1, 2011

New Green Ribbon Science Panel Subcommittees to Discuss Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations

Three Subcommittees of the Green Ribbon Science Panel (Panel) have scheduled several teleconferences between May 31 and June 16, 2011, to discuss potential revisions to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) regulations, as required by AB 1879. These teleconferences are open to the public and comments may be provided. The Panel had previously convened three Subcommittees to discuss issues related to chemical...
June 1, 2011

Upcoming Webinar Will Focus on REACH Data Citation/Compensation Scheme

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), The Acta Group, L.L.C. (Acta), and The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU) are pleased to announce that on June 23, 2011, Lynn L. Bergeson, Lisa R. Burchi, and Leslie S. MacDougall will participate in a webinar entitled “The Evolving REACH Data Citation/Compensation Scheme: What to Watch for and Why.” The European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is a complex chemical...
May 24, 2011

Obama Administration Issues Memorandum Regarding Export and Trade Promotion, Public Participation, and Rulemaking

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) issued a May 19, 2011, memorandum to U.S. departments and agencies to highlight the importance of regulatory transparency and openness to promoting international trade. The memorandum is important as it telegraphs the growing importance of trade considerations in domestic regulatory issues, and the Administration’s renewed emphasis on...
May 10, 2011

EPA Will Suspend Next IUR Reporting Period

According to a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication in the May 11, 2011, Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) regulations by suspending the next IUR submission period, which would otherwise run from June 1, 2011, to September 30, 2011. The IUR requires manufacturers, including importers, of certain chemical substances included on the...
May 6, 2011

EPA Issues Final SNUR for Certain Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

On May 6, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), which was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P-08-199. Under the final SNUR, persons intending to manufacture, import, or process MWCNT for a use that is designated as a significant new use by the final rule...
May 3, 2011

Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Seeks Comments Concerning Regulatory Cooperation between the U.S. and EU

In an important and little noticed May 3, 2011, Federal Register notice, the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) requested public comments concerning regulatory cooperation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) that would help eliminate or reduce unnecessary divergences in regulation and in standards used in regulation that impede U.S. exports. Of critical importance, the ITA plainly recognizes and acknowledges that the main impediments to greater trade...
May 2, 2011

EPA Releases New Website on FIFRA Conditional Registrations

On April 25, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a website regarding conditional registrations granted under Section 3(c)(7) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The website, entitled “Conditional Registration,” is available online. A related press release is available online. As discussed more below, the new website appears to raise as many questions as it seeks to answer. EPA states: “The Office of Pesticide...
April 18, 2011

Lautenberg Reintroduces TSCA Reform Legislation

On April 14, 2011, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which is intended to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require chemical companies to demonstrate the safety of industrial chemicals and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate safety based on the best available science. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Lautenberg previously introduced...
April 14, 2011

EPA Announces Chemical Action Plans for MDI, TDI, and Related Diisocyanate Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on April 13, 2011, chemical action plans for methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI), and related compounds. According to EPA, Americans may be exposed to these chemicals when they are used in certain applications, such as spray foam insulation, sealing concrete, or finishing floors. EPA states that diisocyanates are used to make polyurethane polymers. Most polyurethane products, such as foam mattresses or bowling...