November 1, 2016

Monthly Update for November 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Extends Comment Period On Proposed SNUR: On October 21, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has reopened the comment period on a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as requested by a commenter. 81 Fed. Reg. 72759. The proposed rule would amend the TSCA significant new use regulations to align them with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)...
October 1, 2016

Monthly Update for October 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Issues Statements Of Findings For September 2016: On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing its findings after its review of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. 81 Fed. Reg. 65636. Such statements apply to premanufacture...
September 1, 2016

Monthly Update for September 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Extends Comment Period On PIPs: On August 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period on its White Paper describing how EPA intends to modify its current approach to plant-incorporated protectants (PIP) in breeding line intermediates. 81 Fed. Reg. 54803. Comments are now due on September 29, 2016. EPA Seeks Comment On Draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment For Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether: On...
August 1, 2016

Monthly Update for August 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Releases TRI Preliminary Dataset For Calendar Year 2015: On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) preliminary dataset for calendar year 2015. This dataset contains the most current TRI data on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities at U.S. industrial facilities. EPA intends to update the dataset several times during the summer and early fall based on...
July 1, 2016

Monthly Update for July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA on three solvents. EPA has established a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for a proposed rulemaking seeking to limit trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical used in commercial degreasing operations, dry cleaning operations, and consumer products. EPA also created a panel...
June 1, 2016

Monthly Update for June 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI TSCA Reform Bill Is Sent To President Obama For Signature: It has been reported that on June 14, 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch (R-UT) signed the bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by voice vote. It is...
May 1, 2016

Monthly Update for May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that it plans “to begin preliminary research to assess the EPA’s inspections of, and enforcement against, illegal pesticide imports.” OIG will review, among other aspects of the program, whether EPA is effectively identifying pesticide imports for...
April 1, 2016

Monthly Update for April 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Issues SNUR For TCE: On April 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for trichloroethylene (TCE). 81 Fed. Reg. 20535. The significant new use is the manufacture or processing for use in a consumer product, with the exception for use of TCE in cleaners and solvent degreasers, film cleaners, hoof polishes, lubricants, mirror edge sealants, and pepper spray....
March 1, 2016

Monthly Update for March 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Extends Comment Period On Chlorinated Paraffins Risk Assessments: On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period on the draft risk assessments it has prepared for certain medium and long chain chlorinated paraffins. 81 Fed. Reg. 8712. This is an important opportunity to comment on the risk assessments prepared by EPA following the submission of Premanufacture Notifications (PMN) on certain chlorinated paraffins...
February 1, 2016

Monthly Update for February 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI NAS Hosts Workshop On Low Dose Toxicity: On February 3, 2016, the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering, and Medicine Low Dose Committee heard presentations on several chemicals and the potential effect each may have on reproductive systems. The chemicals considered included: bisphenol A, dioxin, and phthalates. The Committee will assess whether these three chemicals are suitable as case studies for review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...