EPA proposes recordkeeping requirements for PFAS, seeks comment

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Environmental Protection agency posted its proposed Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read the full story from the American Coatings Association. On June 28, the U.S.

House Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing on “TSCA and Public Health: Fulfilling the Promise of the Lautenberg Act”

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change will hold a hearing on October 27, 2021 , on “ TSCA and Public Health: Fulfilling the Promise of the Lautenberg Act.” We must protect consumers from exposure to toxic substances and ensure the Environmental Protection Agency is using the tools Congress granted it to protect public health.” ” The Subcommittee will discuss the implementation of the Lautenberg Act and the U.S.

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EPA Issues Final SNUR for Certain Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

Nanotech

On August 18, 2021, the U.S.

GAO Asks Whether Chemical Recycling Can Reduce Plastic Pollution

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Furthermore, making a polymer by depolymerizing plastic is, according to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) nomenclature rules, different than the virgin polymer. By Lynn L. Bergeson. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted a WatchBlog item entitled “ Can Chemical Recycling Reduce Plastic Pollution? ” on October 5, 2021. The item looks at GAO’s September 2021 Science & Tech Spotlight: Advanced Plastic Recycling.

Senate Confirms Michal Freedhoff as EPA Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

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The announcement states that Freedhoff’s legislative work includes the 2016 re-authorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 2019 legislation to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, the fuel economy provisions in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, and a law requiring the creation of an online database of potential consumer product safety defects By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton.

EPA Announces Comprehensive National Strategy On PFAS Pollution

PA Environment Daily

On October 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a national Strategic Roadmap to protect public health and the environment from PFAS pollution.

In Wake of COVID-19, USEPA Allows On-Site Inspections to be Replaced by Off-Site Monitoring Activities

Environment Next

In a recent letter , the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance announced that state environmental protection agencies must continue with their required planned inspection commitments of businesses under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Safe Drinking Water Act(SDWA), Clean Air Act (CAA); Clean Water Act (CWA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and Underground Storage Tank programs.

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EPA Draft FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Includes Ambitious Goals to Ensure Safety of Chemicals for People and the Environment

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By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton. On October 1, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Draft FY 2022-2026 EPA Strategic Plan. 86 Fed. 54448. The draft Strategic Plan communicates EPA’s priorities and provides the roadmap for achieving its mission to protect human health and the environment.

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Biden Administration Accelerates Federal Regulation of PFAS

Ohio Environmental Law

This week the Biden Administration released their PFAS Strategic Roadmap which sets forth ambitious action on regulation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) pollution, including targeted action with deadlines for eight different federal agencies. Evaluate Toxicity of PFAS Compounds.

EPA Announces Steps Intended to Enhance Scientific Integrity and Strengthen New Chemical Safety Reviews

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The announcement includes the following actions: New OCSPP Science Policy Council and New Science Policy Advisor Position: OCSPP is forming a new internal advisory group, the OCSPP Science Policy Council, to provide advisory support and recommendations on science policy and scientific integrity issues that arise within its Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton. The U.S.

President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Request Includes $11.2 Billion For EPA

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In FY 2022, EPA will advance public health by providing an additional $15 million and 87 full-time equivalent employees (FTE) to build agency capacity in managing chemical safety and toxic substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Tackling the Climate Crisis with the Urgency Science Demands: The FY 2022 budget recognizes the opportunity in tackling the climate crisis by developing the technologies and solutions that will drive new markets and create good paying jobs.

Registration Opens for “TSCA Reform – Five Years Later,” an Essential Annual TSCA Event

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” This complimentary virtual conference marks the fifth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Dianne Barton , Council Chair, National Tribal Toxics Council. Gartner , Managing Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, Earthjustice. A Timely and Essential Complimentary Conference.

EPA OPPT Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2023 Outlines Six Priority Areas

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prepared a strategic plan for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) for fiscal years (FY) 2021-2023. By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton. The U.S.

Join EPA in Observing Children’s Health Month

EPA

Examples of these additional statutory requirements include: the Food Quality Protection Act. the Safe Drinking Water Act , the Clean Air Act , and. the Toxic Substances Control Act. By Jeanne Briskin. Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection.

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Flurry of PFAS Actions in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration: The Highlights

Cole Sholtz

Acting on PFAS was a steadfast part of President Biden’s environmental campaign promises. PFAS Action Act of 2021 , bipartisan bill introduced to the US House of Representatives. Designate PFOA and PFOS as a “hazardous substances” within one year and determine if other PFAS should be designated within five years under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), known as Superfund. Updated PFBS Toxicity Assessment released by EPA.

Chemical Used to Make Teflon is Causing a Sticky Situation in West Virginia and Ohio

Vermont Law

million after finding DuPont liable for dumping toxic chemicals into drinking water near its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. million for negligence and $500,000 for emotional distress) after finding DuPont liable for leaking a toxic chemical into drinking water near one of its plants. Summary: An Ohio jury awards $1.6

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EPA Will Not Require Financial Assurances From Electric Power Sector

Clean Energy Law

CERLCA imposes a joint and several liability scheme that holds certain entities ( e.g. , certain owners and operators, generators, arrangers, and transporters of hazardous substances) liable for the costs or damages associated with environmental remediation.

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Moving the Needle on PFAS Regulation

Vermont Law

It is not something you want to hear about toxic chemicals. of Americans have measurable concentrations of a now-ubiquitous class of toxic chemicals in their blood known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl, or. Efforts to protect public health and the environment from PFAS have been hampered by major gaps in both federal and state law and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unwillingness to act. Safe Drinking Water Act. Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Asbestos Use in the United States

Vermont Law

It wasn’t until the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1970 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was able to legally regulate asbestos, specifically the use of spray-on asbestos products. In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed, which allowed for additional restrictions on the mineral’s usage and eventually became the basis of a failed phase out of asbestos products in 1989. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

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Environmental Law: Government and Public Policy Towards the Environment

Environmental Science

These are not “laws” per se but act as such within a regulatory framework. It can also apply a method of land management on a kind of understanding of acting responsibly and ethically. In medicinal use, it's the substance that attacks the bacteria/virus/tumor.

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Elk River Spill Aftermath: Do We Need New Regulations and From Whom?

Vermont Law

Boehner is right in thinking that the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and Clean Water Act (CWA). Citizens must use a Freedom of Information Act request to access the records on paper. MCHM hasn’t been tested for toxicity effects in over 40 years, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not have any hazard information about it. Summary: .

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Environmental Perspectives

Environmental Science

If the concern is specific toxic chemicals, but the sampling was for, say iron, the sampling is not helpful. TCDD is a specific environmental contaminant that is particularly toxic. Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act has many other elements. The Clean Air Act.

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Courts and States Uphold Environmental Interests as the EPA Favors Toxic Chemicals

Vermont Law

That’s the lesson of the dozens of cases and state-led initiatives related to toxic chemicals and pesticides that have been decided this year. Despite the emerging information about the threats from toxic chemicals, the. Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

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Eight Important Updates About Recent PFAS Regulatory Developments

Arnold Porter

In the months since our 2020 update on federal actions affecting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued to take action on its PFAS Action Plan. Biden Backed Congressional Action to Designate PFAS as Hazardous Substances.

The Chemical Compound—February 2021

Arnold Porter

Our primary focus continues to be on chemical substances which are the subject of regulatory activity or scrutiny by various government agencies and potential litigants. EPA Issued Test Orders to Collect Additional Data on Nine Substances Undergoing Risk Evaluation. Action on Toxics v.

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Special Policy News #6: The Transition

ESA

Todd Young’s (R-IN) Endless Frontiers Act from the last Congress, Biden endorses investing $50 billion to create a new technology directorate in the National Science Foundation to fund research on topics like semiconductors and advanced computing, advanced communications technology, advanced energy technologies and biotechnology. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Science Committee member Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced the American Innovation Act ( S.

The Chemical Compound—May 2021

Arnold Porter

Our primary focus continues to be on chemical substances which are the subject of regulatory activity or scrutiny by various government agencies and potential litigants. PFAS Accountability Act of 2021 Would Create Federal Cause of Action for PFAS Exposure. Action on Toxics v.

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The Chemical Compound—August 2021

Arnold Porter

Our primary focus continues to be on chemical substances which are the subject of regulatory activity or scrutiny by various government agencies and potential litigants. EPA Added Substances to Safer Chemical Ingredients List. Action on Toxics v. Action on Toxics v.

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