Tag: EPA

EPA Proposes New Restrictions on Carbon Tetrachloride

On July 17, 2023, the EPA announced proposed new regulations for the solvent carbon tetrachloride (CTC). The proposed regulations would impose new restrictions and ban some uses of CTC to better protect workers and communities. CTC is a solvent used in commercial settings as a raw material for producing other chemicals like hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) used […]

‘Cancer Alley’: EPA Backs Off Pollution Investigation

For many years, the 85-mile stretch of chemical plants located in southeastern Louisiana and stretching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans has been nicknamed “Cancer Alley.” Home to approximately 83 chemical plants and 45,000 residents, who are predominantly low-income black families, the region’s high rates of cancer have been blamed on pollution from the plants. […]

Is SCOTUS Setting Environmental Policy?

An op-ed opinion piece entitled “The Supreme Court votes for clarity from Congress. How refreshing” by George F. Will in The Washington Post drew an opposing viewpoint letter to the editor entitled “The court erred in EPA case,” published June 11, 2023. Will’s original opinion piece took the stance that “the nation will be better […]

EPA Reports on Investigation Into Suncor Refinery

On June 9, 2023, the EPA reported on its analysis of operations at Suncor petroleum refinery in Commerce City, Colorado. The analysis was undertaken because Suncor reported more air pollution incidents compared with other refineries. The Suncor analysis serves as a case study for industry to use to prevent similar compliance issues. The Agency reported […]

EPA Proposes Ban on Most Uses of Perchloroethylene

On June 8, 2023, the EPA proposed a rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ban most uses of perchloroethylene (PCE), a chemical known to cause serious health risks such as neurotoxicity and cancer. The proposed rule bans all consumer uses of the chemical while allowing for many industrial/commercial uses to continue only […]

Healthcare Industry Group Predicts Patient Care Disruptions Due to EPA Regulations

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) predicts “significant” patient care “disruptions” will result from the EPA’s proposed regulations to slash ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions by 80%, according to Radiology Business. “SIR, the American College of Cardiology and several other medical societies note that [EtO] is vital for the proper disinfection of catheters, stents, guiding sheaths […]

EPA Issues Guidance for Lithium-Ion Battery Waste

On May 24, 2023, the EPA issued guidance for correctly applying hazardous waste and recycling regulations in the disposal of lithium-ion batteries. These types of batteries are used in cars, electronics, lawnmowers, e-scooters, electric bicycles, and many other devices, and usage of these types of batteries continues to increase. “The growth of the circular economy […]

EPA’s Final Rule Updates TSCA CBI Requirements

On June 1, 2023, the EPA issued a final rule to update confidential business information (CBI) requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that increases transparency, modernizes the reporting and review procedures for CBI, and aligns with the 2016 amendments to TSCA. “The final rule allows EPA to release non-confidential information more quickly, demonstrating […]

Group Sues EPA to Suspend Oil Company’s New Mexico Permits

In May, WildEarth Guardians filed suit against the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The purpose of the suit is to compel the EPA to revise Houston-based Targas Resources Corp’s operating permits in the Permian Basin. On November 16, 2022, in response to Guardians’ petitions to the EPA, the […]

EPA Takes First CWA Enforcement Action Over PFAS

The EPA has ordered chemical company Chemours to take corrective measures to address pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in stormwater and effluent discharges from the Washington Works facility near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The order on consent also directs Chemours to characterize the extent of PFAS contamination from discharges. This action marks the first […]