TSCA Takes

TSCA Takes

July 1, 2022

EPA is floating a new “whole chemical” risk determination for methylene chloride, just days after chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff said it would be the subject of the next proposed TSCA regulation.

June 30, 2022

EPA is continuing to rewrite the risk determinations from Trump-era chemical evaluations from use-specific findings to a single statement that the “whole chemical” carries unreasonable risk, this time targeting the solvent NMP.

June 29, 2022

EPA’s proposal to rework its Trump-era risk findings for the solvent PCE into a single determination for the “whole chemical” mark the third such revision to an already-finished TSCA evaluation.

June 28, 2022

The new IRIS program “outlook” says it has launched a cancer assessment for cobalt and related compounds, while several previously-announced reviews were delayed from their previous targets.

June 24, 2022

The 9th Circuit rejected environmental and tribal groups’ joint bid to either continue litigating the Trump-era rule while EPA reconsiders it, or to impose a judicial deadline on any revisions.

June 22, 2022

If confirmed, former DARPA head Arati Prabhakar would be in charge of ongoing work on science integrity and sustainable chemistry as well as broader oversight of executive-branch science policy.

June 17, 2022

A company that sought to challenge EPA’s enforcement against disinfectant makers over COVID-19 claims is instead agreeing to settle its case with a $1.5 million penalty and public apology for legal violations.

June 16, 2022

EPA chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff will appear before the full Senate environment committee to field lawmakers’ questions on implementation of the reformed TSCA.

June 9, 2022

Catherine JK Sandoval, a former member of the California Public Utilities Commission, is President Joe Biden’s fourth nominee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

June 8, 2022

The Environmental Protection Network of former EPA staff and officials is urging lawmakers to support Democrats’ latest asbestos ban bill ahead of a June 9 Senate hearing.

June 6, 2022

“I hope to see more states and the federal government follow Colorado’s lead and take strong action to turn off the tap on PFAS contamination across the country,” says one supporter of the legislation.

June 3, 2022

The trade group says EPA is “disregarding critical and essential information” on worker protections in its TSCA evaluations, aiming to counter union and environmental groups’ defense of the agency.

June 1, 2022

A key environmental group says the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is moving quickly to take up the latest version of long-pending legislation to ban asbestos uses under TSCA.

May 27, 2022

The director of EPA’s chemical assessment division told a May 25 National Academy of Sciences workshop that artificial intelligence could ease several time-consuming and costly elements of agency risk evaluations.

An EPA science advisor says the TSCA office’s project to revamp new-chemicals reviews has “an eight to 10-year horizon” for full completion but could begin to adopt individual reforms more quickly.

May 24, 2022

Following requests from industry and environmentalists alike, EPA announced a 30-day extension of the deadline on its proposed TSCA rule banning ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos, to July 13.

May 20, 2022

A study touted as the largest biomonitoring review of pregnant women to date found higher levels of several key chemicals than in prior years -- a trend the authors say aligns with recent regulatory shifts.

May 16, 2022

EPA says it took over a year to release data from its 2020 Chemical Data Reporting cycle partly because its already-thin TSCA office needed more time to conduct an “extensive” data quality review of the submissions.

May 13, 2022

Colorado lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban PFAS in several categories of consumer goods as soon as the start of 2024, adding to the patchwork of state-by-state limits on the chemicals’ uses.

May 11, 2022

The environmental group says it agrees with ACC’s call to increase funding and staff levels at the TSCA office but is urging lawmakers to reject tying those boosts to policy rollbacks.

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