November 18, 2022

EPA Issues SNPRM Modifying and Supplementing 2021 Proposed TSCA Fees Rule

On November 16, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a much-anticipated supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to modify and supplement its 2021 proposed rule that would amend the 2018 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees rule. 87 Fed. Reg. 68647. EPA states that “[w]ith over five years of experience administering the TSCA amendments of 2016, EPA is publishing this document to ensure that the fees charged accurately reflect the level of effort and...
November 17, 2022

Register Now for “Articles under TSCA” Webinar

This webinar has been rescheduled from December 7, 2022. The new and correct date and time is December 14, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST). Registration is open for the “Articles under TSCA” webinar on December 14, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST). When the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focused its attention on chemical substances and chemical mixtures, while largely exempting the...
November 17, 2022

Highlights From the Agricultural Law Section Presentations at the IBA Annual Conference

The International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference took place in Miami between October 30 and November 4, 2022. During the Annual Conference, the Agricultural Law Section (ALS) welcomed attendees to several events: an open committee meeting on October 31 and two sessions on current topics in agricultural law on October 31 and November 3.  During the open committee meeting, ALS Officers discussed matters of interest and future activities. The committee meeting was attended by several...
November 17, 2022

GAO Recommends EPA and DOE Improve Decision-Making in Small Refinery Exemption Program

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on November 3, 2022, entitled Renewable Fuel Standard: Actions Needed to Improve Decision-Making in the Small Refinery Exemption Program. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires that gasoline and diesel fuels be blended with a minimum volume of renewable fuel. Small refineries can petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annually for an exemption from their RFS...
November 16, 2022

Product Sustainability Summit USA 2022, November 15-16, 2022, Arlington, VA and via webinar

Chemical Watch presented “Product Sustainability Summit USA 2022,” with expert speakers exploring how business could benefit from a sustainable product strategy. The building blocks for a sustainable product strategy start with responsible sourcing and supply chain transparency. This then leads on to circular economies , including compliance with laws in chemicals in products that are being made circular. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson &...
November 15, 2022

Coalition Petitions EPA to Require Health and Environmental Testing and Regulation of Polyvinyl Alcohol

On November 15, 2022, a coalition petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require human and environmental health and safety testing for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA/PVOH) as it is used in consumer-packaged goods, “with particular attention to the use of PVA in laundry and dishwasher detergent pods and sheets.” The petitioners request that until such testing is completed, EPA remove PVA/PVOH from its Safer...
November 15, 2022

California Sues PFAS Manufacturers

On November 10, 2022, California filed suit in California Superior Court against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) “for endangering public health, causing irreparable harm to the state’s natural resources, and engaging in a widespread campaign to deceive the public.” According to California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s November 10, 2022, press release, California “alleges that these manufacturers, including 3M and DuPont, knew or should have known that...
November 15, 2022

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Law in Article “Fees Companies Must Pay EPA to Oversee Their Chemicals Soar”

On November 15, 2022, Bloomberg Law quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to significantly increase fees chemical manufacturers would have to pay it to evaluate chemical risks and expand fees paid by companies that mix, but don’t make chemicals. The “fees are surprisingly high” in keeping with the agency’s warning of...
November 15, 2022

EPA Announces the Addition of Chitosan to the List of Active Ingredients Eligible for Risk Pesticide Exemption

On November 8, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding chitosan (Poly-D-Glucosamine), a naturally occurring substance found in the cell walls of all crustaceans, many fungi, and the exoskeletons of most insects, to its minimum risk pesticide exemption list. 87 Fed. Reg. 67364. EPA states that the listing also includes those chitosan salts that can be formed when chitosan is mixed with the acids that are listed as active or inert ingredients...
November 14, 2022

ORD Publishes Six Strategic Research Action Plans for FYs 2023-2026, Including for Chemical Safety for Sustainability

Research in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) is organized around six highly integrated and transdisciplinary national research programs that are closely aligned with EPA’s strategic goals and cross-EPA strategies. Each program is guided by a Strategic Research Action Plan (StRAP) developed by EPA with input from its many internal and external partners and stakeholders. In October 2022, EPA published six StRAPs for fiscal years...