November 22, 2023

EC Asks SCCS to Assess Safety of Hydroxyapatite (Nano) in View of New Information

On November 20, 2023, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) announced that the EC requested that it carry out a safety assessment on hydroxyapatite (nano) in view of new information provided. As reported in our March 24, 2023, blog item, according to SCCS’s March 2023 final opinion on hydroxyapatite (nano), based on the data provided, SCCS considers hydroxyapatite (nano) safe when used at concentrations up to ten percent in toothpaste, and...
November 22, 2023

Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Named 2023 Affiliates of the Year by ACD (formerly NACD)

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is proud to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, have received the Affiliate of the Year award from the Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD), for their “invaluable counsel,” “technical support,” and guidance on chemical distribution issues. ACD is the new name and identity of the association formerly known as the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). In their...
November 20, 2023

EPA OIG Reports That EPA’s FY 2024 Top Management Challenges Include Safeguarding the Use and Disposal of Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued on November 15, 2023, its report on EPA’s fiscal year (FY) 2024 top management challenges. OIG states that the report “summarizes what the inspector general considers to be ‘the most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency’” for FY 2024 and briefly assesses EPA’s progress in addressing those challenges. According to OIG, the management challenges include “Safeguarding...
November 17, 2023

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Proposes Ban on Trichloroethylene,” Chemical Processing, November 17, 2023.

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on Oct. 31, to ban all uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) after determining it presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health under conditions of use pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TCE is widely used in cleaning and furniture-care products, degreasers, brake cleaners and tire repair sealants. Alternatives are available for many uses. The proposed rule would ban TCE’s manufacture, processing...
November 17, 2023

Process Improvement to Release Data Evaluation Records 

On November 14, 2023, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Coalition hosted a webinar for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide an overview of the process improvement to release Data Evaluation Records (DER) to the registrant with the final registration decision, as mandated under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2022 (PRIA 5). PRIA 5 requires EPA to release to the applicant at the decision review time the complete DERs for studies submitted...
November 17, 2023

Elissa Reaves Will Become New OPPT Director

Elissa Reaves, Ph.D., who is currently Director of the Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), will become the new Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), replacing Denise Keehner. Keehner left her position as Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment to return to EPA in April 2022 as OPPT Director. Keehner previously worked in a variety of EPA offices, including...
November 16, 2023

NanoHarmony Releases Tool to Guide Stakeholders through OECD TG/GD Development Process

NanoHarmony announced on November 10, 2023, the release of the NanoHarmony OECD TG/GD Process Mentor, an interactive web-based tool to guide stakeholders through the development process of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Test Guidelines (TG) and Guidance Documents (GD). NanoHarmony states that it developed the NanoHarmony OECD TG/GD Process Mentor to highlight the involvement of key institutions in the OECD Test Guidelines Programme, and their incentives to take part...
November 16, 2023

APHIS Proposes Five Additional Exemptions for Plants Modified or Produced Through Genetic Engineering

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed on November 15, 2023, five new types of genetic modifications a plant can contain and be exempt from the regulations for the movement of organisms modified or produced through genetic engineering because such modifications could otherwise be achieved through conventional breeding methods. 88 Fed. Reg. 78285. According to APHIS’s November 14, 2023, press release, the proposed exemptions...
November 16, 2023

U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association and USGS Partner for Joint Research into 6PPD Alternatives

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced on November 14, 2023, that it will partner with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on a research project “to assess and refine methods of evaluating potential alternatives to [N-(1,3-Dimethylbutyl)-N′-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (6PPD)] for use in tires.” As reported in our November 3, 2023, blog item, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a petition filed under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)...
November 16, 2023

Eighth Circuit Court Vacates EPA Rule Revoking All Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

On November 2, 2023, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (Eighth Circuit) issued its decision in Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Ass’n v. Regan, No. 22-1422 (8th Cir. 2023) regarding the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops (Decision). The court concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) August 2021 revocation of all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos was arbitrary and capricious, and remanded the matter back to EPA for further review. Chlorpyrifos was...