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Jan. 31: Notification Deadline under TSCA Polymer Exemption

An important deadline approaches for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) polymer exemption. [1] A one-time notification required under the polymer exemption must be postmarked by January 31 of this year for polymers first manufactured or imported...

The Constantly Pending PMN: Low Volume Exemption Applications Are Living Documents

When available, a Low Volume Exemption ("LVE") is an attractive and quicker path to commercial marketing than filing a full premanufacture notification ("PMN") pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). Specifically, because LVE substances are never listed on...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Bipartisan Meetings on The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

A series of stakeholder meetings on Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. ) "reform" began in the Senate on June 21, 2011. Billed as bipartisan stakeholder talks, these meetings may bring us closer to a viable TSCA reform proposal. Senate staff have advised us that...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Senate Holds Hearing on Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Judging by a recent hearing, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee appears ready to move forward with the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847) (SCA2011) . SCA2011 was introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg earlier this year in his continued attempts to reform the 35-year old Toxic Substance...

Year End Nanotechnology Developments

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General (IG) issued a report, EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively , December 29, 2011 critiquing EPA's regulation of nanomaterials (i.e., particles or fibers with a diameter...

EPA lacks authority to regulate nanomaterials, states EPA IG, even if regulations are soon issued under FIFRA and TSCA

Prior posts have noted the wide use of nanomaterials in consumer goods, and the threat to human health that particles of such size may pose. An example of the risk posed by nanomaterials is sunscreen. Dermal penetration of some nanomaterials into the skin can potentially pose a hazard to human health...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Upcoming Deadline for TSCA Polymer Exemption Notification

January 31 is an important upcoming deadline for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "polymer exemption." [1] The one-time notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that must identify the number of polymers first manufactured...

Upcoming Deadline for TSCA "Polymer Exemption" Notification

An important deadline is approaching for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "polymer exemption".[1] The one-time notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that identifies the number of polymers first manufactured...

Improper PCB Disposal Leads To $13.75M Fine

By Steven M. Siros . In what constitutes the largest penalty for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA") at a single site, a titanium product manufacturer agreed to pay $13.75 million to settle the Government's claims relating to the improper disposal of PCBs at a site...

EPA Evaluates Fracking Chemicals

The EPA recently initiated a process that may result in the first federal regulation of chemicals used in fracking, a drilling technique that has significantly enhanced energy production and development in the United States. In a response to a citizen petition under Section 21 of TSCA submitted by...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: U.S. EPA Moves Forward with Potential TSCA Rulemaking Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing

By Armando F. Benincasa, Member The public comment period for USEPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and potential regulation pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) came to a conclusion on September 18, 2014 and sets the...

TSCA Reform Dead for 2014?

By Steven M. Siros Recent actions by Senator Barbara Boxer may have sounded the death knell for TSCA reform in 2014. On September 18, 2014, Senator Boxer unveiled what she characterized as revisions to a TSCA reform bill that had been being worked on by a bi-partisan committee within the Senate...

What Happens Next to Earthjustice's Demand for CBI Reassertion and Resubstantiation?

The designation and treatment of Confidential Business Information (“CBI”) is frequently at the center of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) reform debate. One issue receiving increased attention is whether chemical companies should be required to reassert or resubstantiate...

EPA Eliminates Article Exemption for Benzidine-Based Chemical Substances in Significant New Use Rule

Under section 5(a)(1)(B) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq .), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to require any person who intends to manufacture, import, or process any chemical...

EPA TSCA Penalty Struck Down

By Steven M. Siros On March 13, 2015, the Environmental Appeals Board ("EAB") struck down a landmark $2,751,800 penalty that had been imposed on Elementis Chromium for its alleged failure to comply with the Toxic Substances Control Act's ("TSCA") reporting obligations under...

TSCA Reform 2015: A Tale of Two Bills

On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), David Vitter (R-LA), and a coalition of 15 additional Democratic and Republican Senators, introduced the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (S. 697), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a bipartisan...

Summary of EPA's Proposed Rule for Nanoscale Substances

EPA’s Proposed TSCA Rule for Information Collection on Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed at the Nanoscale Deadline for comment: July 6, 2015 Statutory authority: Section 8(a) of TSCA, 40 C.F.R. Part 704 Overview • EPA is proposing to collect information from companies...

Senate Committee Passes Amended TSCA Reform Bill, S. 697

On April 28, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed an amended version of the bipartisan bill S. 697, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this bill: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 st Act.” The amended bill...

Environmental Appeals Board Decision in the Elementis Case: What It Means For The "Continuing Violation" Doctrine Under The Statute of Limitations For TSCA Section 8(e) and EPA's Guidance Definition For "Corroborative Information"

On March 13, 2015, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) overturned a controversial decision issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in 2013. The ALJ held that Elementis Chromium (Elementis) failed to report to the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency (EPA) a study on occupational exposure involving...

House TSCA Modernization Act Gains Unanimous Bipartisan Support in Subcommittee, But More Work to be Done

On May 14, 2015, the House of Representatives Environment and the Economy Subcommittee unanimously reported its TSCA Modernization Act legislative proposal. The draft is a result of bipartisan efforts led by the Subcommittee Chairman, John Shimkus (R-IL), and supported by Subcommittee Ranking Member...

TSCA Modernization Act Hearing

On June 3, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously, with one abstention by Representative Eshoo (D-CA), to submit the amended TSCA Modernization Act to the House of Representatives. During the hearing, two amendments were introduced. One bipartisan amendment offered by the...

House Passes TSCA Modernization Act, What's Next

The House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this bill: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], by an overwhelming majority of 398-1, on June 23, 2015. The alternative Senate bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st...