June 3, 2024

BETO’s ChemCatBio Will Hold Webinar on AI for Catalysis

On June 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) will hold a webinar on artificial intelligence (AI) for catalysis. BETO states that “AI has the potential to play a crucial role in accelerated catalyst design, discovery, and optimization of chemical processes for decarbonization.” Using AI tools such as machine learning, deep learning, and large language models, “researchers can uncover...
June 3, 2024

Polyoxymethylene Added to List of Chemical Substances Subject to Superfund Excise Tax

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a notice of determination on May 31, 2024, that the list of taxable substances is modified to include polyoxymethylene. 89 Fed. Reg. 47238. As reported in our December 29, 2022, blog item, the IRS announced in December 2022 that it received a petition requesting the addition of polyoxymethylene to the list of taxable substances under Section 4672(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Celanese Ltd., an exporter of polyoxymethylene, submitted...
June 3, 2024

EC Scientific Committee Begins Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on New Coating for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form)

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on May 27, 2024, on its preliminary opinion on a new coating for titanium dioxide (nano form). According to the preliminary opinion, SCCS concluded that: Comments are due July 22, 2024....
May 31, 2024

PEER Files Request for Correction Regarding Verification Analysis for PFAS in Pesticide Products

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) announced on May 28, 2024, that it filed a request for correction (RFC) under the Information Quality Act (IQA) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research memorandum entitled “Verification Analysis for PFAS in Pesticide Products (ACB Project B23-05b)” dated May 18, 2023, and the accompanying press release. As reported in our June 2, 2023, memorandum, EPA completed a verification analysis of a study published in...
May 30, 2024

OSHA HCS Amendments Primarily Align with GHS Rev 7

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on May 20, 2024, that amends the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), primarily Revision 7 (Rev 7), address issues that arose during the implementation of the 2012 update to the HCS, and provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners while enhancing the effectiveness of the standard....
May 30, 2024

28th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 2-5, 2024, Atlanta, GA

The American Chemical Society (ACS) presents the 28th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, with an “AI-Enabled Green Chemistry” theme. B&C’s Director of Chemistry, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. will present “Incorporating Regulatory Burden into Product Design” on June 5, 2024. B&C is a proud sponsor. ...
May 30, 2024

BETO Releases Report Summarizing Findings of RFI on Building Supply Chains to Meet SAF Grand Challenge Goals

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced on May 23, 2024, that it released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals. The RFI requested input from industry, academia, national laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for developing effective supply chains capable of meeting the SAF Grand...
May 29, 2024

DPR Issues California Notice 2024-10 Clarification on “Not Registered for Use In CA” and Similar Statements on Pesticide Labels

On May 24, 2024, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued California Notice 2024-10 announcing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DPR have made recent policy changes regarding state-specific language on pesticide labels intended to reduce delays related to state-specific uses. As part of DPR’s evaluation process when reviewing a new registration application, DPR may determine there are not sufficient data to support registration of a specific use in...
May 29, 2024

Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “EPA Chemical Rulemaking Complicated by Challenge to Agency Power”

On May 28, 2024, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson were featured in Bloomberg Law’s article on legal challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interpretation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). See – https://news.bloomberglaw.com/environment-and-energy/epa-chemical-rulemaking-complicated-by-challenge-to-agency-power (subscription required)...
May 28, 2024

Updated TSCA Inventory Coincides with 2024 CDR Cycle Submission Period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 23, 2024, that it has updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. EPA states that this biannual update to the public TSCA Inventory is part of its regular posting of non-confidential TSCA Inventory data. EPA notes that this update coincides with the 2024 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycle submission period beginning June 1, 2024. According to EPA, “[m]anufacturers (including importers) should refer to the latest...