January 7, 2010

2010 Predictions

As is our custom, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to forward our thoughts on what may be in store this year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. In light of the significant chemical management developments underway in the European Union, we are pleased that Ruxandra Cana and Koen Van Maldegem from the Brussels office of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP have contributed their thoughts on what may be...
January 6, 2010

New York Considers Listing Chemicals that Agencies Should Avoid Buying

The New York Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement has voted 9-1 to recommend a “chemical avoidance list,” which would be a list of 85 chemicals that New York government agencies should avoid buying. Listed chemicals would not be banned, but industry representatives have criticized the proposal, noting that the list would not address the actual risk from exposure. The Committee intends the list to comply with Governor David Paterson’s 2008 Executive...
January 5, 2010

US EPA Hits Phthalates in First Set of Chemical Action Plans

In the January 5, 2010, issue of Chemical Watch, Lynn L. Bergeson describes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical action plans as “breathtaking in scope.” According to Bergeson, the fact that the Office of Management and Budget reviewed the action plans “portends potentially great and largely unfettered EPA activity in the months to come.”...
January 5, 2010

Plans for High-Concern Chemicals Show EPA Is “Very Ambitious,” Has White House Backing

The January 5, 2010, issue of BNA Daily Environment Report quotes Charles Auer and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C) December 31, 2009, memorandum regarding the action plans announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 30, 2009. Auer described the action plans as “very ambitious” and noted that it remains to be seen whether EPA will have the staff and other resources to be as ambitious as it wants to be. In its memorandum, B&C stated:...
January 1, 2010

Monthly Update for January 2010

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP/EPCRA EPA Announces Peer Review Workshop On 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane — On December 17, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the scheduling of an external scientific peer review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, “Toxicological Review of 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)” (EPA/635/R-09/001). 74 Fed. Reg. 66963. The draft document...
December 31, 2009

EPA Announces Action Plans For Existing Chemicals

True to her word, yesterday U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced action plans on phthalates, long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in products, and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP).  This EPA initiative announces actions that are almost breathtaking in scope, and its development and implementation of the action plan items will set a number of new precedents — and possibly shape future...
December 29, 2009

Wisconsin Legislature Considers Nanotechnology Registry

In a December 16, 2009, letter, three members of the Wisconsin Assembly requested that a Legislative Council study be conducted on the feasibility of creating a nanotechnology registry and the development of subsequent legislation to monitor the use, manufacture, and disposal of nanomaterials in Wisconsin. The letter, signed by State Representatives Terese Berceau (D), Chuck Benedict (D), and Penny Bernard Schaber (D), notes that entities manufacturing or using nanomaterials in Wisconsin are...
December 29, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Hazard Standards,” Manufacturing Today, Winter 2010.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed on Sept. 30, 2009, to align the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The HCS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate chemical hazards and provide information to subsequent users. The standard now requires employers to establish a hazard communication program for employees who are exposed to chemicals...
December 28, 2009

Bayer Material Sciences Announces OEL for Baytubes

Last month, Bayer Material Science (BMS) announced that it derived an occupational exposure limit (OEL) of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) for Baytubes, BMS multi-wall carbon nanotubes. According to BMS, “[t]he latest results of sub-chronic inhalation studies support the conclusion that Baytubes act like poorly soluble particles.” BMS derived the OEL based on previous single and recent repeated inhalation studies. BMS states: “All relevant information...