TSCA Takes

TSCA Takes

January 21, 2022

EPA’s proposed rule to rework its approach to confidential business information under TSCA is now under review at the Office of Management and Budget.

January 20, 2022

A former Trump EPA official says the agency’s “framework” rule for TSCA new-chemicals reviews is likely to address an array of concerns with the program including data quality and the use of compliance orders.

January 18, 2022

Researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre are pushing for a global cap on chemical production and releases to avoid what they say are worldwide, destabilizing environmental harms.

January 13, 2022

EPA has selected 26 potential members who could work with the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals on its peer review of a new TSCA model for systematic review.

January 10, 2022

An industry law firm says EPA’s TSCA plan for toxicity tests on perfluorinated chemicals appears not to use the “best available” science, in a potential preview of challenges to the forthcoming test orders.

January 6, 2022

A new Duke University study shows that types of PFAS without much toxicity data are present in concentrations far above EPA’s risk levels in some anti-fogging products.

January 5, 2022

The EPA chemicals chief says staff at her office ‘are running on fumes’ thanks to heavy workloads and resource gaps, with consequences for the TSCA program.

December 23, 2021

EPA has named 15 experts as candidates to augment its TSCA advisory committee to peer review the agency’s draft ‘fenceline’ screening method and is seeking comments on them.

December 21, 2021

Scientists are urging EPA to take more aggressive action on PFAS testing under TSCA, including by granting a petition seeking tests for 54 of the chemicals found in North Carolina waters.

December 20, 2021

The first merits brief detailing environmentalists’ arguments against one of the five Trump-era TSCA rules for “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic” chemicals will arrive March 11.

December 17, 2021

The new protocol is one of two critical elements to the TSCA office’s analyses of existing chemicals, and the focus of reforms that chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff announced during her first months at the agency.

Once released, likely next Spring, the measure will be the first TSCA section 6(a) proposal stemming from the first 10 chemical evaluations the agency has conducted under the reformed law.

December 14, 2021

Environmentalists have released a new version of the 2004 “Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals,” urging strict regulation of a host of toxic or dangerous substances with a focus on equity.

December 10, 2021

Environmentalists press REI to lead outdoor recreation industry away from PFAS products.

December 7, 2021

Environmentalist groups are suing to force FDA to act on a 2016 petition asking it to craft new regulatory limits on phthalates in food packaging and other products.

December 1, 2021

North Carolina PFAS testing petitioners’ counsel says the groups’ requested epidemiology study would provide unique benefits for understanding chemicals’ health risks.

November 29, 2021

Tzumi, Innovations is seeking to block a threatened EPA enforcement action over its product’s claimed benefits in preventing COVID-19.

November 22, 2021

EPA is indefinitely extending its ‘activation’ of expedited procedures for disinfectants against emerging pathogens to fight ‘ongoing’ COVID-19 pandemic, despite the low risk of surface transmission.

November 19, 2021

Democrats and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) are backing a bill that would forbid use of food packaging made with PFAS in interstate commerce by 2024.

November 16, 2021

EPA has denied a TSCA petition asking for regulation of toxic chemicals in cosmetics because the law does not allow EPA to regulate a “cosmetic.”


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