June 8, 2018

EPA Will Add 13 Specific Nonylphenol Ethoxylates to EPCRA Toxics Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 7, 2018, that Charlotte Bertrand, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, signed a final rule that will add a category of 13 specific nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). EPA states that this addition “ensures the most up-to-date information is easily accessible to the...
June 7, 2018

New York Launches Disclosure Program Intended to Protect Consumers from Chemicals in Household Cleaning Products

In somewhat of a surprise announcement, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on June 6, 2018, released its final policy and form for manufacturer disclosures under the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program. The Disclosure Program is similar to the recently enacted California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 which requires the disclosure of cleaning product ingredients by way of website or product label. The Household...
June 5, 2018

EPA Takes “Three Important Steps” Intended to Ensure Chemical Safety

On June 1, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it took “three important steps” intended to ensure chemical safety under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  EPA released the following for public comment:  (1) the first ten problem formulation documents, (2) EPA’s systemic review approach document, and (3) a significant new use rule (SNUR)...
May 30, 2018

EPA Issues Immediately Effective Rule Amending RCRA Definition of Solid Waste

Responding to July 2017 and March 2018 orders issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 30, 2018, issued a final rule revising the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 83 Fed. Reg. 24664. In a somewhat unusual move, EPA relied upon Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to make the rule immediately...
May 23, 2018

Proposition 65: Three Months until Effective Date for OEHHA’s Amended Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warnings Requirements

There are approximately three months until the effective date of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) revisions to its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 “clear and reasonable warnings” regulations. By August 30, 2018, companies must comply with the revised regulations for consumer products, occupational, and environmental exposures. Companies that have not already revised warnings to comply with the new requirements must now review their consumer...
May 11, 2018

EPA Will Send Final Methylene Chloride Rule to OMB “Shortly”

On May 10, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several upcoming actions on methylene chloride. Under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA is required to perform risk evaluations on the uses of ten specific chemicals, including methylene chloride. According to EPA, it is nearing completion of problem formulations for these first ten chemicals. EPA’s announcement states that it will send a final methylene chloride rule to the...
May 7, 2018

EPA Withdraws Several Pesticide-Related Rulemakings from the Regulatory Agenda

On May 7, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is withdrawing certain proposed rules for which EPA no longer intends to issue a final rule.  83 Fed. Reg. 20004. EPA notes that its withdrawal of these proposed rules does not preclude it from initiating the same or a similar rulemaking at a future date. Withdrawing the proposed rules officially terminates the ongoing rulemaking activities, allowing EPA to close out the individual entries for...
May 1, 2018

EPA Rolls Out Newly Proposed Option for OPPT Reorganization

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT or the Office) has decided to delay its pending reorganization to take and consider staff comments on the revised reorganization. The new plan proposes a six division structure that has separate new and existing chemical risk management divisions complemented by separate new and existing chemical risk assessment divisions. OPPT’s other functions are proposed to be distributed into a...
April 30, 2018

EPA Releases Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Proposed Rule

On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” (Science Rule) that EPA states is intended to “strengthen the transparency of EPA regulatory science.” 83 Fed. Reg. 18768. EPA states in the preamble that “[t]he proposed regulation provides that when EPA develops regulations, including regulations for which the public is likely to bear the cost of compliance, with regard to those scientific...
April 25, 2018

ACS GCI Announces Opening of 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; EPA Announces Opening of 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

We are pleased to report that on April 20, 2018, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) announced the opening of the 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.  Readers will recall that funding for this essential program was zeroed out in the last several budget proposals advanced by the Trump Administration.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted budget apparently includes the resources to continue to support the Green Chemistry Challenge...
April 11, 2018

Industry and EPA Discuss FIFRA Hot Topics

On April 10, 2018, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) held a complimentary webinar, “FIFRA Hot Topics.”  Co-hosted with Bloomberg BNA, the webinar featured Richard P. Keigwin, Jr., Director, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Daniella Taveau, former International Trade Negotiator for EPA and now Regulatory and Global Trade Strategist, King & Spalding;...
April 4, 2018

EPA Announces Earlier Compliance Date for Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On April 4, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the compliance date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling (the manufactured-by date or import-by date) under the Formaldehyde Standards in Composite Wood Products Act (Formaldehyde Act) codified as Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been set for June 1, 2018, instead of December 12, 2018, per order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...
March 22, 2018

REACH 2018: Registrants that Initiate Laboratory Testing by March 31, 2018, May Be Granted Extension for Complete Dossier Submission

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Directors’ Contact Group (DCG) recently posted guidance for companies that are required to register under the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation by May 31, 2018.  This guidance focuses on specific important issues for companies managing compliance under the 2018 REACH deadline, and should be read in conjunction with DCG’s “Summary Paper on [Four]...
March 19, 2018

Proposition 65: August Deadline Looming for OEHHA’s Amended Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning Requirements

There are less than five months before the effective date of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) revisions to its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 “clear and reasonable warnings” regulations.  By August 30, 2018, companies must comply with the revised regulations for consumer product, occupational, and environmental exposures.  While some companies have already revised warning requirements prior to this deadline, and an exception permits...
March 16, 2018

K-REACH Amendments Expected to Be Promulgated Shortly and Be Enforced January 2019

The South Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced on March 14, 2018, that amendments to the Act for the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH) will be promulgated on March 20, 2018, and be enforced beginning January 1, 2019. As reported in our January 4, 2018, “Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018,” MOE proposed changes at the end of 2016 that would drastically alter the current legislation and...
February 9, 2018

Administrator Pruitt Signs TSCA User Fee Proposal

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule regarding user fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As amended by the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, TSCA provides EPA the authority to levy fees on certain chemical manufacturers, including importers and processors, to “provide a sustainable source of funding to defray resources that are...
January 4, 2018

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

Click here for a PDF brochure of the memorandum Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to offer you our Forecast 2018. The document distills key trends in U.S. and global chemical law and regulation, and provides a sneak preview of what our legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals believe we are likely to see in the New Year. Our unique business platform and global team of highly...
December 8, 2017

Proposition 65:  OEHHA Amends Proposition 65 Regulations for Clear and Reasonable Warnings

On December 6 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice alerting stakeholders that amendments were approved related to its August 28, 2016, adopted revisions to its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 “clear and reasonable warnings” regulations. These amendments, first proposed on July 21, 2017, are intended to clarify and correct certain sections of Article 6 that OEHHA believed “would be beneficial to the regulated community in...
November 27, 2017

December 26, 2017, Deadline Approaching for Comments on EPA’s Proposed Reporting Requirements for TSCA Mercury Inventory

As previously reported in our blog item on October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed triennial electronic reporting requirements pertinent to the supply, use, and trade of mercury in the United States. 82 Fed. Reg. 49564. This memorandum provides more information and an in-depth look into EPA’s proposed rule. The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) require EPA to establish periodic mercury reporting requirements for any...
October 30, 2017

CPSC Final Rule Prohibits Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles that Contain Specified Phthalates, Removes Interim Prohibition on Two Phthalates

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles that contain specified phthalates.  The rule caps off almost a decade of effort since Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in 2008, which requires regulatory action on certain phthalates.  Under the final rule, children’s toys and child care articles that contain concentrations of more than 0.1...
October 20, 2017

California and New York Require Manufacturers to Disclose Ingredients in Cleaning Products

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (S.B. 258). The new law requires manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose certain chemical ingredients on the product label and on the manufacturer’s website. The online disclosure requirements apply to a designated product sold in California on or after January 1, 2020. The product label disclosure requirements would apply to a designated product sold in...
October 19, 2017

Proposition 65: OEHHA Releases Q&A Regarding Proposition 65 Regulations for Clear and Reasonable Warnings

In August 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a Questions and Answers for Businesses (Q&A) document related to its August 28, 2016, adopted revisions to its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 regulations covering “clear and reasonable warnings” requirements. Information related to OEHHA’s past actions modifying Prop 65 warning regulations, including the August 28, 2016, adoption and the November 27, 2015, and March 25, 2016,...
October 17, 2017

Prop 65 Amendments Now Effective Regarding Content of Notices of Violation Involving Occupational Exposures

On October 1, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) regulations amending the content required in Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Notices of Violation involving occupational exposure became effective.  The regulations (found at Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 25903(b)(2)(E)), first proposed on May 19, 2017, are intended to clarify that the “Special Compliance Procedure Proof of...
October 16, 2017

Turkey Continues Progress Towards Comprehensive KKDIK Implementation And Support

KKDIK, Turkey REACH, was published on June 23, 2017, after long delays, and will enter into force on December 23, 2017. Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) will make available 13 guidance documents by the end of the year to assist industry with compliance. Guidance documents to be issued by the end of the year will address the following issues, among others: (1) dossier and substance evaluation; (2) dossier preparation and harmonized...
October 5, 2017

FDA Guidance Addresses FDA and EPA Jurisdiction over Mosquito-Related Products

On October 4, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of final guidance that helps to clarify FDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jurisdiction over the regulation of mosquito-related products intended to function as pesticides, including those produced through the use of biotechnology.  The notice was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2017.  82 Fed. Reg. 46500.  Guidance for Industry #236,...
October 2, 2017

Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobials against Spores of Clostridium difficile

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of two final test method Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobials against spores of Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  EPA also released regulatory guidance for test criteria and pesticide claims for these products, specifically “Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobial Products Against Spores of Clostridium...
September 21, 2017

California Bill Would Require Disclosure of Cleaning Product Ingredients

On September 13, 2017, the California Senate passed the final version of the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (S.B. 258), which would require manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose certain chemical ingredients on the product label and on the manufacturer’s website. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 27 to 13. The California Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 55 to 15, with nine votes not recorded, on...
September 15, 2017

Turkey REACH Documents Available In English

As reported in our Global Regulatory Update for August 2017, on June 23, 2017, Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) published its REACH-like KKDIK Regulation. As reported in The Acta Group’s memorandum entitled “Turkey Catching Up with the [EU’s REACH] Regulation,” the name “KKDIK” is derived from the first letters of “Registration,” “Evaluation,” “Authorization,” and “Restriction” in Turkish. Similar to EU REACH, KKDIK requires companies to...
September 14, 2017

Cefic Provides Circular Economy Comments On EC’s Stakeholder Consultation, and Other Recent REACH Developments

Cefic Provides Circular Economy Comments On EC’s Stakeholder Consultation: In July, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) provided comments in response to the European Commission’s (EC) “Stakeholder Consultation Paper” on chemicals, products, and waste legislation. In its “feedback to the targeted consultation,” Cefic responded to each of the key issues identified in the EC’s consultation paper. Regarding the first issue of “insufficient information about...
September 13, 2017

EC Officially Adopts EDC Identification Criteria For BPR, and Other Recent BPR Developments

EC Officially Adopts EDC Identification Criteria For BPR: On September 4, 2017, the European Commission (EC) issued a press release entitled “Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for biocides.” The EC’s press release stated that following endorsement by Member States, on July 4, 2017, of the scientific criteria for identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) in pesticides, the EC adopted on September 4, 2017, the scientific criteria for identification of...
September 12, 2017

Revised Data Requirements for China New Chemical Notification Released

The Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (MEP) released on August 31, 2017, the Amendment on Data Requirements to the “Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification and Registration.”  The revisions are expected to become effective on October 15, 2017.  As explained below, the new requirements reduce the data requirements for registration of low tonnage bands, particularly for the Level 1 regular registration but, as the amendment is in abbreviated table...
September 5, 2017

The September 19th CBI Substantiation Deadline Fast Approaching

As Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) aficionados know well, September 19, 2017, is a banner date.  By then, information that was submitted and claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) between June 22, 2016, and March 21, 2017, must be substantiated.  If you have not already done so, the September 19th deadline looms large. Background On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interpretation of TSCA Section 14 concerning...
August 14, 2017

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Forms “TSCA New Chemicals Coalition”

TSCA New Chemicals Coalition will give the chemical community greater opportunity to engage with EPA on constructive, helpful, and informed improvements to the new chemicals review process. JOIN NOW BACKGROUND Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) addresses new chemical notifications and, as such, is chemical innovation’s regulatory gatekeeper.  The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) amended Section 5.  The U.S. Environmental...
August 3, 2017

EPA Seeks Comment on Nominations to “Augmented” Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on August 3, 2017, providing the names and affiliations of additional candidates currently under consideration for appointment to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The notice states that the purpose of the SACC is to provide independent advice and expert consultation at the request of the EPA Administrator with respect to the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments,...
July 27, 2017

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s Comments on New Category Documents under the New Chemicals Program

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) appreciates the efforts being made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to upgrade and update several of the category documents in the New Chemicals Program, encourage EPA’s continued activity in this area, and encourage EPA to engage in a broader effort to solicit public comments.  We recognize the critical role that the new chemicals categories have played in the implementation of the New Chemicals Program.  Over time, however, we...
July 18, 2017

Court Tosses RCRA Verified Recycler Exclusion but Retains Balance of Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found “unreasonable,” and thus threw out, the “verified recycler” exclusion promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its 2015 revisions to the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  The court reinstated the “transfer-based” exclusion promulgated by EPA under the Bush Administration.  In the case, American Petroleum Institute v....
July 3, 2017

RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Becomes Effective

On May 30, 2017, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule became effective. 81 Fed. Reg. 85732 (Nov. 28, 2016). The rule will not become effective in RCRA-authorized states, however, until the states adopt the provisions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves those state programs that adopt the rule. Please see our Monthly Update for December 2016 for additional detail on the rule. The potential scope of the...
June 28, 2017

Brazil Inches Forward On Industrial Chemicals Regulation Implementation

The Acta Group (Acta®) has been closely tracking the development of Brazil’s Industrial Chemicals Regulation (Regulação de Substâncias Químicas Industriais, or Regulação), which still only exists in draft form. As discussed in our Global Regulatory Update for June 2017, “on May 22, 2017, it was announced that, due to changes inside the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (Ministério do Meio Ambiente, or MMA), the extraordinary meetings of the National Commission of...
June 26, 2017

EPA Issues Final TSCA Framework Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on June 22, 2017, the pre-publication Federal Register notices of the final framework actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as revised by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (new TSCA). The final rules include the prioritization process rule, which establishes EPA’s process and criteria for identifying High-Priority chemicals for risk evaluation and Low-Priority chemicals for which...
June 20, 2017

Minamata Convention on Mercury Achieves Ratification: International Use and Mining of Mercury Targeted for Scale Down

The Minamata Convention on Mercury (Convention), a global treaty aimed at scaling down mercury use and production developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), recently surpassed the 50-country threshold required for it to become legally binding for all of its parties.  This occurred on May 18, 2017, when the European Union (EU) and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Convention.  The...
June 7, 2017

President’s FY18 Budget Proposes Historic Cuts to EPA Funding and Staffing

On May 23, 2017, the White House unveiled the full version of President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018 entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.”  As signaled in the President’s “skinny budget” released earlier this year, the proposed budget would fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at $5.7 billion — a more than 30 percent decrease from the current funding of nearly eight billion.  EPA’s congressionally enacted budget has...
June 6, 2017

Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not That Easy

With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the February 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory (Inventory), the magnitude of effort that will be needed for the Section 8(b)(4) Inventory Reset is becoming clear.  Stakeholders should waste no time in preparing to meet their obligations. Non-confidential Portion of the Inventory Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)...
June 5, 2017

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Suggests New Approaches to EPA in Managing New Chemical Polymers

One of the consequences of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and make determinations under Section 5(a)(3)(B) on premanufacture notification (PMN) chemicals submitted to EPA, and then to take required actions.  These requirements raise particular and sometimes challenging issues for new chemical polymers because the way polymers are identified allows for multiple different forms of the polymer to be...
May 31, 2017

Appellate Court Vacates Conditional Nanosilver Registration

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit responded to two petitions for review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) conditional registration of a nanosilver pesticide product and vacated the conditional registration. NRDC v. EPA, No. 15-72308. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as well as the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) filed petitions in 2015 asking the court to set aside...
May 16, 2017

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Guidance for Nanoscale Materials Reporting Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on EPA’s Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce.” The promised guidance provides answers to questions EPA has received from manufacturers (includes importers) and processors of certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed...
May 8, 2017

EPA to Host Meeting and Solicit Comments on Assignment and Application of Unique Identifiers under TSCA Section 14

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued in the Federal Register a notification stating that a public meeting will be held to elicit public input on approaches for assigning and applying Unique Identifiers (UID) that are now required whenever it approves a Confidential Business Information (CBI) claim for the specific chemical identity of a chemical substance.  82 Fed. Reg. 21386.  The meeting will be held on May 24, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to...
April 30, 2017

Senate Bill Seeks To Make America 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2050

On April 27, 2017, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would transition the U.S to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050. The bill is the first introduced in Congress that fully envisions a transition off of fossil fuels for the U.S. The 100 By ’50 Act (S. 967) bill has seven core components:...
April 26, 2017

Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP): Take Advantage of This Regulatory Reform Advocacy Opportunity

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” Issuance of the EO, and the subsequent measures undertaken by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt offer unique opportunities for chemical stakeholders.  This memorandum summarizes EPA’s efforts to date in this regard, and identifies opportunities that stakeholders may wish to pursue to eliminate or amend regulatory...