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Chemicals, laboratory

New TSCA Inventory Released by EPA Lists Active Chemicals

The EPA has released what it describes as the first update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory in 40 years. The update indicates that 47 percent of the 86,228 chemicals listed on the Inventory are “active,” which means they have been manufactured, processed, or imported for a nonexempt commercial purpose during the 10-year […]


Asbestos: EPA Refuses to Require TSCA Reporting

It is not a stretch to say that the 2016 amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were motivated to a large extent by the EPA’s inability under the law to ban, or at least significantly restrict, industrial and commercial uses of asbestos. Under new authority provided in the amendments, the Agency promptly […]

Safety Data Sheets

Some Guidance from OSHA on SDSs and Chemical Trade Secrets

In a letter of interpretation dated August 3, 2018, U.S. OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs provided several valuable insights into the extent chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers may make use of trade secret protections when completing safety data sheets (SDSs), formerly material safety data sheets (MSDSs).


TSCA Mercury Reporting Rule Finalized

Section 8(b)(10) of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) directs the EPA to develop an inventory of mercury supply, use, and trade in the United States and, based on that inventory, recommend actions, including proposed revisions of federal law or regulations, “to achieve further reductions in mercury use.” To create the inventory, the section […]

EPA Summit Puts Spotlight on PFAS

The EPA recently sponsored what it called a “historic summit” to provide active engagement and actions to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Can I Complete an Antidegration Analysis Myself?

Q. If I want to switch chemicals in my water treatment process, can I complete an antidegradation analysis myself and all in one application? A. Yes. You can do the antidegradation analysis yourself, so long as all methods of sample collection, preservation, and analysis are conducted using approved methods and tested by a certified laboratory. […]

TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Window is Open

The recent signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has brought about a long overdue reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But despite the buzz surrounding TSCA reform and how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement the new legislation going forward, chemical manufacturers and importers must […]

A Dozen Tips to Avoid Anhydrous Ammonia Misuse

Substitution Is First Choice The EPA and OSHA recently issued a joint “alert” to encourage the use of inherently safer technologies (IST) at chemical facilities. The Chemical Safety Alert: Safer Technology and Alternativesis intended to lay the groundwork for a future guidance document by introducing safer technology concepts and general approaches. According to the Alert, […]

New Guidance for Chemical Facilities Calls for IST

In response, in part, to the EO, the EPA has: Issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on updating its risk management program (RMP) regulation, and a notice of proposed rulemaking is being prepared.  The Agency is looking for specific feedback on whether the list of RMP-regulated substances should be modified by adding […]