June 23, 2023

Bill to Modernize CEPA Receives Royal Assent

Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act (the Act), received Royal Assent on June 13, 2023. According to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Backgrounder, the Act modernizes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and represents the first set of comprehensive amendments to CEPA since it was enacted over 20 years ago. It also makes related amendments to the Food and Drugs Act. The Act was initially introduced in the...
June 22, 2023

A Conversation with Rear Admiral Melissa Bert, Esquire (Ret.)

Download transcript. This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Retired Rear Admiral Melissa Bert, who served as the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Coast Guard, the first woman to serve in this position. Admiral Bert’s accomplishments are too numerous to note here, but her Wikipedia page is sure to impress. We discuss Coast Guard responsibilities, what the Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard does, some of Admiral Bert’s more memorable...
June 22, 2023

EPA Announces 2024 CDR Deadlines

On June 22, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the 2024 submission period for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule is from June 1, 2024, to September 30, 2024. 88 Fed. Reg. 40816. The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory above an applicable regulatory threshold to report to EPA, every four years, information concerning the manufacturing,...
June 22, 2023

Senate Committee Seeks Stakeholder Comment on Draft PFAS Legislation by July 3, 2023

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced on June 22, 2023, that Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Chair of the Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Committee, have released draft per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) legislation for stakeholder comment. According to the press release, the bipartisan package seeks to improve the mitigation and remediation of PFAS contamination. The Committee seeks stakeholder comments on the...
June 21, 2023

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., and Todd J. Stedeford, Ph.D., DABT® , ERT, ATS, “What are the key elements and likely impact of the EPA’s proposed rule for methylene chloride?,” Chemical Watch, June 21, 2023.

On 20 April the US EPA announced a proposed rule under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that would prohibit most uses of methylene chloride and require a workplace chemical protection program (WCPP) for non-prohibited uses. This article will outline the key elements of the EPA’s proposal and discuss the likely impact on industry. This article also looks at what this portends for the agency’s future rulemaking activities on chemical substances...
June 21, 2023

Responsible land-based investments in agriculture: Latin America, June 21, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT, via webinar

The International Bar Association (IBA) Agriculture and Food Section presents “Responsible land-based investments in agriculture: Latin America.” This webinar will explore the current regulatory framework for sustainable and responsible investment in agriculture, with a focus on Latin America, including how this can contribute to the mitigation of the climate crisis. Panelists will look at how lawyers in the private and public sectors can use a variety of legal tools,...
June 21, 2023

MDEP Updates PFAS in Products FAQs

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) has updated its frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in products to reflect LD 217, “An Act to Support Manufacturers Whose Products Contain Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances” (Act). MDEP states that the Act has extended the implementation date for product reporting, requiring manufacturers of products with intentionally added PFAS to report the intentionally added...
June 20, 2023

EPA Proposes SNURs for 18 Chemicals Made from Plastic Waste-Based Feedstocks

On June 20, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 18 chemicals that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN) and are also subject to an order issued by EPA pursuant to TSCA. 88 Fed. Reg. 39804. The SNURs would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these chemical substances for an activity...
June 19, 2023

EPA Announces Release of Guidance for the Evaluation of Products for Claims against Viruses

On July 17, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of draft guidance for the evaluation of products for claims against viruses. This new guidance provides the framework for registrants who seek to make virucidal claims for antimicrobial products. This draft guidance reiterates recommended test methods and regulatory guidance for the addition of virucidal claims to products that meet the criteria for hard surface disinfection claims...
June 16, 2023

EPA Will Propose SNURs for 18 Chemicals Made from Plastic Waste-Derived Feedstocks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 15, 2023, that it will issue proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 18 chemicals made from plastic waste-derived feedstocks. According to EPA, the proposed SNURs would require notification to and review by EPA before these fuels could be made using plastic waste-derived feedstocks that contain impurities like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), heavy metals, dioxins,...