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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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01/05/2018

CSB Releases Report on Atchison, KS Chlorine Gas Release

The US Chemical Safety Board this week released a new video and case study that detail the October 2016 release of chlorine gas from a grain processing and distilling facility in Atchison, Kansas.

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12/18/2017

Hackers Attack Industrial Safety Systems with New Malware

Arecent attack on an industrial facility safety system could be of concern to our readers. Industrial security company FireEye reported on December 14 that an attacker had deployed malware dubbed “Triton” or “Trisis” to disrupt safety instrumented systems (SIS) at a Middle East critical infrastructure facility. 

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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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11/20/2017

Environmental Civil Suits a Growing Problem for Facilities

If environmental groups and concerned citizens find they cannot achieve their aims by bringing EPA to court, they may double their efforts to sue individual facilities for perceived violations of environmental law and regulations.

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11/10/2017

EPA to Host TSCA Reform Meetings in DC Next Month

US EPA will host two public meetings, on December 6 and 11, to update interested parties about the Agency’s progress toward implementing changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) made in 2016.   

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10/06/2017

TSCA Reform Status Report: 1 Year Later

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), more commonly referred to as “TSCA Reform.” More than one year later, where does the Environmental Protection Agency stand on meeting its responsibilities for implementing TSCA reform?  

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09/11/2017

First Responders File Suit Against Texas Chemical Company

Seven individuals who responded to the flooded organic peroxides plant in Crosby, TX during Hurricane Harvey have now filed suit against the global chemical company that owns the facility. 

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08/30/2017

Explosion Risk Prompts Evacuation Near Texas Chemical Plant

UPDATE 08/31/17: Early this morning, emergency crews reported black smoke and fire at the Arkema organic peroxides plant in Crosby, TX. Those in the 1.5 mile evacuation area are being warned to stay away, as the risk of additoinal explosions and fires remains. Read Arkema's official statement here.   

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