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11/05/2019

Methylene Chloride Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation Released by EPA

On October 29, 2019, EPA unveiled a draft risk evaluation for the chemical methylene chloride. This comes after a prohibition on consumer sales was enacted in March of this year to go into effect at the end of November.  

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10/25/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/28

In this week's Roundup, a chemical wholesaler must pay almost $50k for alleged chemical reporting violations. Plus, an Idaho cattle rancher settles with EPA over alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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10/07/2019

SEC Proposes Increase to Environmental Liability Reporting Threshold

​In late August 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an increase to the threshold for public companies to report environmental obligations under regulation S-K.

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08/27/2019

EPA Proposes 20 High Priority Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

In a major milestone toward EPA’s implementation of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the agency has proposed its first 20 high priority chemicals for risk evaluations.  

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06/17/2019

EPA Proposes New TSCA SNURs for 8 Chemical Substances

On June 11, US EPA proposed Significant New Use Rules for eight chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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04/23/2019

EPA to Reduce, Simplify TSCA Reporting Burden

Update: EPA's proposal to amend TSCA section 8(a) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements and size standards for small manufacturers appeared in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. 

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03/29/2019

EPA Unveils New Prohibitions for Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency promulgated a Final Rule on March 27, 2019 to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal, including distribution to and by retailers.

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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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