October 5, 2009

EPA Announces Public Role in Pesticide Registration Process

On October 1, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the establishment of “a new transparent process” intended to allow the public to review and comment on risk assessments and proposed registration decisions for pesticides.  According to EPA, this expanded process will apply to all new pesticide active ingredients and first food uses, first outdoor uses, and first residential uses.  Starting October 1, 2009, for certain registration actions, EPA will add...
October 2, 2009

EPA Announces Research Strategy to Study Nanomaterials

On September 30, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Nanomaterial Research Strategy (Strategy), which EPA describes as its new research strategy to understand better how manufactured nanomaterials may harm human health and the environment. The Strategy outlines what research EPA intends to support over the next several years to generate information about the safe use of nanotechnology and products that contain nanoscale materials. The...
October 1, 2009

OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Align the Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Yesterday the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule that would align the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  The HCS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate chemical hazards and provide information to subsequent users.  According to OSHA, it made a preliminary determination that the proposed HCS modifications...
September 30, 2009

EPA Announces Principles for TSCA Reform

Last night, in a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the Obama Administration’s core principles for legislative reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  In parallel with the legislative initiative, Jackson also announced EPA’s plans to strengthen its current chemical management program and increase the pace of its efforts to address chemicals that pose a risk to the public. ...
September 29, 2009

ACS Holds Briefing on TSCA Reform

Today the American Chemical Society (ACS) held a briefing intended to provide a forum to explore the perspectives, roles, and activities of various stakeholders regarding reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  E. Donald Elliott, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, moderated the panel, which included Andy Ingrejas, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families; Sarah Brozena, American Chemistry Council (ACC); Roger McFadden, Staples; Kenneth Zarker, Washington State Department of Ecology; and...
September 24, 2009

PEN Holds Meeting on Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation

Yesterday the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Technologies (PEN) hosted a meeting on “Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: Securing the Promise of Nanotechnologies.” The program is part of a collaborative research project involving experts from the London School of Economics (LSE), Chatham House, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and PEN. The project is funded by a grant from the European Commission to support pilot projects on “Transatlantic...
September 22, 2009

EPA Signs Final Rule Requiring Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed a final rule that would require reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all sectors of the economy.  The prepublication version of the final rule states that it applies to fossil fuel suppliers and industrial gas suppliers, direct GHG emitters, and manufacturers of heavy-duty and off-road vehicles and engines.  The rule does not require control of GHG, “rather it...
September 21, 2009

EPA Issues Direct Final SNURs for 12 Substances

On September 18, 2009, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice promulgating direct final significant new use rules (SNUR) for 12 chemical substances under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).1 For two of the 12 substances, EPA issued final SNURs that set forth the same exposure controls that were negotiated with the initial premanufacture notice (PMN) submitter through “risk-based” TSCA Section 5(e)...
September 17, 2009

EPA Announces SAP Meeting Concerning Nanosilver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a September 16, 2009, Federal Register notice that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet November 3-6, 2009, “to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to the assessment of hazard and exposure associated with nanosilver and other nanometal pesticide products.” Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc SAP members for this meeting are...
September 16, 2009

ECHA Press Releases Concerning Good Practice and Clarification to Avoid Unnecessary Animal Tests

Yesterday the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued two press releases, one announcing that over 500 companies met to share best practice, and another regarding a clarification to avoid unnecessary animal tests.  This memorandum briefly summarizes the press releases, which are available online, and here. The European Commission and ECHA organized a meeting for lead registrants and candidate lead registrants to share their experience on taking the lead in developing joint...