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03/26/2019

EPA Initiates TSCA Chemical Prioritization

US EPA has kicked off its prioritization process for performing risk evaluations of forty chemical substances, as required under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In the Federal Register on March 21, EPA posed a Notice to inform stakeholders of the chemicals up for possible review.

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03/18/2019

Update: EPA to Ban Methylene Chloride in Consumer Paint Removers

Update March 18, 2019: Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a Final Rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.

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02/25/2019

TSCA Inventory Update: 40,655 Chemicals Active in US Market

EPA's February 2019 update to the TSCA inventory shows that 86,228 total chemicals make up the current TSCA inventory. Of those, 40,655 chemical substances are active in commerce. 

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02/11/2019

TSCA Section 5 Review Periods Extended Due to Shutdown

Due to the recent and historically long Federal government shutdown, EPA has extended its review period for recently submitted Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 notices.  

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10/01/2018

TSCA Tuesday: News for Chemical Industry Pros

Last week, US EPA put forth three TSCA-related actions you should know about if you manufature, process, or use chemicals on the TSCA Inventory: New user fees to defray the costs of Lautenberg Law-required risk evaluations, the withdrawal of Significant New Use Rules for 145 chemicals, and preparations for the next 73 chemical risk evaluations EPA must complete. 

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08/20/2018

EPA Announces New SNURs for 27 Chemicals Under TSCA

On Friday, August 17, US EPA announced Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under TSCA Section 5(e) for twenty-seven chemical substances used as flame retardants, plasticizers, lubricants, and waterproofers in products like rubber, adhesives, textiles, and others.

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07/06/2018

Final Rule Alert: TSCA Mercury Reporting

In late June 2018, US EPA finalized a rulemaking to require manufacturers, importers, distributors, and users of mercury and mercury-added products to report to EPA about their activities.

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06/11/2018

First 10 TSCA Risk Evaluations Move Foward, EPA Proposes Historic Asbestos SNUR

US EPA on June 1 released problem formulations for each of the first ten chemicals up for risk evaluation under the revised TSCA requirements. These documents “clarify the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describe how EPA expects to conduct the evaluations.”  

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06/07/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, an oil refinery, and a home improvement TV show will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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04/30/2018

EPA Releases TSCA Small Business Analysis, Extends Comments on User Fee Rule

EPA extended the deadline for public comments on its proposal User Fees Rule under TSCA and released supplemental findings regarding small businesses in the chemical sector. 

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