September 27, 2021

Former EPA environmental health scientists and academics are calling on the agency to collect more information sooner about chemicals so that it can conduct informed TSCA evaluations, arguing officials’ current plans for a “tiered data reporting” rule (TDR) will not fill information gaps fast enough to fully support the program.

Environmental and public-health groups are suing EPA to force it to finalize a 21-year-old proposal to list diisononyl phthalate (DINP) on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), arguing that the action would provide vital exposure data for the chemical and bolster the agency’s ongoing TSCA risk evaluation.

September 24, 2021

The House has approved its fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill by an overwhelming margin after adding a host of new requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), teeing up negotiations in the Senate that could preserve or kill those provisions, which critics say will be difficult or impossible to implement.

EPA officials asked the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) new committee, tasked with assessing new alternate methods (NAMs) of toxicity testing, to focus its work in part on how NAM results may align with traditional animal data on chemicals’ health effects, to help the TSCA program and other offices set “benchmarks and expectations” for their use.

September 23, 2021

The environmental group representing EPA scientists who say they faced management interference and other misconduct in TSCA new-chemicals reviews is pushing the Biden administration to step up its response to the claims, saying officials have had enough time to make “serious changes” at the toxics office even as the agency maintains its investigation is ongoing.

September 22, 2021

The House voted Sept. 22 to adopt a series of bipartisan amendments to the pending fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill requiring stricter EPA regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including long-sought drinking water standards and strict TSCA reporting requirements, though their fate in the Senate remains unclear.

A top National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) official says she is “incredibly pleased” by EPA’s latest extension of its Trump-era ban on a common flame retardant chemical used in electronics and other products, while the move is drawing criticism from a key environmentalist who says the agency failed to justify its delay.

September 21, 2021

A new report from an environmental group links the manufacturing of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for use in food packaging to the release of greenhouse gases, arguing that limiting use of the chemicals -- as several states have recently sought -- would not only limit exposures to toxic chemicals but reduce GHG emissions.

Environmental groups and academics are urging California’s toxics office to speed the listing of tires containing the anti-cracking chemical 6PPD as a “priority product” under its green chemistry program, to aid a shift to safer alternatives, including an argument that failing to ban the chemical could violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 20, 2021

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is circulating a draft bill that would ban asbestos with language similar to one that won widespread support in the House last year before dissolving on the eve of a floor vote over the question of how broadly to apply the ban, but supporters say he is working on this version with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).

A new study calls for novel research strategies to close data gaps on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including broadening epidemiological studies to include less-studied PFAS and exposure routes like inhalation that have recently been found to be more significant than previously thought.

September 17, 2021

Minnesota’s environmental and health agencies are urging the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct new assessments of mercury and methylmercury, charging that its 20-year-old profile of the element is overdue for an update, just as EPA is weighing its own approach to both substances under the TSCA and IRIS programs.

House members are seeking to attach a slew of amendments to the fiscal year 2022 defense bill focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) ahead of an imminent floor vote, including closing what critics say is a loophole in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements and setting deadlines for EPA drinking water rules.

September 16, 2021

EPA is terminating three Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) amendments issued in 2020 that eased notification requirements for disinfectant manufacturers in order to alleviate the supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying there is no longer a “continuing need” for them.

Officials with New York’s environment department say they have identified 204 chemicals as potential targets for regulation under the state’s new law that requires manufacturers to disclose toxic substances in toys and other children’s products, but industry groups are already raising concerns that the list could be based on incomplete toxicity data.

September 15, 2021

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says it has permanently adopted California’s furniture flammability standard, fulfilling a directive in the fiscal year 2021 spending bill and potentially setting up a sharp drop in use of flame retardants even as EPA weighs TSCA regulations governing several such chemicals.

September 14, 2021

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) standards committee has rejected a firefighting union’s appeal to eliminate a test for personal protective equipment (PPE) usually met with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dealing a blow to the union and others who hope to remove the chemicals from safety gear.

In a test for the Biden administration’s government-wide strategy for limiting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in products, environmentalists are attacking the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent tests for the chemicals in food packaging, saying that agency’s approach falls short of standards set by EPA.

September 13, 2021

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) recent draft guidance on how to craft workplace exposure limits for novel nanomaterials despite a lack of substance-specific health data is drawing support from a professional association of industrial hygienists, likely bolstering the guide’s path to competition.

EPA is readying a “further compliance date extension” of its TSCA ban on the widely used chemical phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1), or PIP (3:1), amid widespread industry fears that the ban is unworkable and that the current extension through March 2022 is still too little for firms to identify sources of the substance in their supply chains.


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