March 1, 2017

Monthly Update for March 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Carla Hutton, “Practitioner Insights: A Review and Analysis of TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Manufacturers and Processors of Nanoscale Materials,” Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, January 26, 2017: On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Pub. L. No. 114-182, and in so doing significantly revised the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the...
February 1, 2017

Monthly Update for February 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP EPA Proposes Regulation Of TCE Use In Vapor Degreasing Under TSCA Section 6(a): On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to regulate the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapor degreasing. 82 Fed. Reg. 7432. The proposed rule would prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in vapor degreasing, prohibit...
January 1, 2017

Monthly Update for January 2017

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. wishes everyone a healthy, safe, and Happy New Year. If you have not already done so, please read our 2017 Forecast Memorandum, available at /regulatory-developments/entry/predictions-and-outlook-for-u.s.-federal-and-international-chemical-regulat. Register for our complimentary WEBINAR – Chemical Substance Regulation in Central and South America: A Deeper Dive, Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. More information...
December 1, 2016

Monthly Update for December 2016

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. extends its best wishes to our clients and many friends and we wish you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful, and safe New Year. As we have for many years, the firm has made a contribution to the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women and their children, in lieu of gifts to our clients, and on our clients’ behalf. TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Proposes To Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates To Section...
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)...
January 1, 2016

Monthly Update for January 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Seeks Comment And New Information On Risk Assessments For Pending PMNs For Chlorinated Paraffins: On December 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested “new available data on certain chlorinated paraffins” in different industries for different uses, and comment on risk assessments for long- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins prepared in the context of EPA’s review of certain premanufacture notices (PMN) submitted...
December 1, 2015

Monthly Update for December 2015

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. extends its best wishes to our clients and many friends and we wish you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful, and safe New Year. As we have for many years, the firm has made a contribution to the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women and their children, in lieu of gifts to our clients, and on our clients’ behalf. TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA...
November 1, 2015

Monthly Update for November 2015

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. extends its best wishes to our clients and many friends and we wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving Day and a delightful holiday season. *     *     *     *     * REGISTER TO ATTEND THE “TSCA REFORM PANEL SUMMIT,” OR TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST, AT THE ELI WEBSITE. George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWU Law School, Environmental Law Institute, Arnold &...
October 1, 2015

Monthly Update for October 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, “The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic Biology?,” authored by the legal experts, scientists, and policy specialists of B&C and released through the Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project. A panel discussion and live webcast, “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise...
September 1, 2015

Monthly Update for September 2015

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Releases TSCA Assessment Documents For Flame Retardant Chemicals: On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents and a Data Needs Assessment (DNA) document for one of four structurally similar flame retardant chemical clusters being reviewed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan assessment effort. 80 Fed. Reg. 49997. The goal of these...
August 1, 2015

Monthly Update for August 2015

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 electronic reporting regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 42739. The electronic reporting regulations establish standards and requirements for use of EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) to submit electronically premanufacture notices (PMN),...