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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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04/16/2018

Updated TSCA Chemical Inventory Includes Active Inactive Designations

For the first time, EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical inventory includes information about which chemical substances are designated as “active” in commerce. The update comes after EPA required chemical manufacturers to submit a retrospective report of chemicals...

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04/09/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/10

See EPA enforcement actions that colleagues can learn from? Post them on Lion’s Facebook page hereLike Lion’s page, so you never miss an update about DOT hazmat, hazardous waste, OSHA workplace safety, and EPA compliance.  

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02/26/2018

Manufacturer Agrees to $850,000,000 Fluorochemicals Settlement

A manufacturer of widely used products that contain perfluorocarbons (PFCs) recently settled a lawsuit with the State of Minnesota’s Attorney General’s Office, agreeing to provide $850 million to create a Water Quality and Sustainability Fund supporting the Twin Cities East Metro area.  

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02/09/2018

EPA Proposes $20 Million in TSCA Fees for Chemical Companies

On February 7, US EPA released a long-awaited TSCA draft rulemaking to implement user fees for chemical manufacturers to control the costs of EPA’s work to evaluate and regulate chemicals in the US.  

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01/23/2018

TSCA “Reset Rule” Reports Due Feb. 7

Reminder: TSCA “reset reports” are due to EPA by February 7, 2018. Under the so-called TSCA Reset Rule, manufacturers and processors must submit a one-time retrospective notice to indicate which of the 85,000 chemicals on the Inventory they manufactured or imported in a ten-year period from June 21, 2006 to June 21, 2016.

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01/11/2018

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for RCRA Hazardous Waste Violations, More

Its that time of year again—the time when, since the passage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, government agencies including US EPA are required to raise civil penalties annually to match the rate of inflation.

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12/01/2017

EPA to Revise TSCA Small Business Size Standards

US EPA announced in the Federal Register today that it will adjust the current size standard for what constitutes a “small manufacturer or processor” for the purpose of TSCA Section 8(a) chemical data reporting requirements.  

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