New SNUR Requirements Will Better Protect Worker Health

In July 2022, the EPA finalized amendments to its requirements for Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) to better protect the health of workers. One of the uses of SNURs is to require notice to the EPA before chemical substances and mixtures are used in new ways that might create health concerns. These amendments strengthen requirements […]


EPA’s Draft Asbestos Evaluation Lists Unreasonable Risks, Legacy Uses Not Addressed

The EPA’s release of its Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos is a significant step in the Agency’s halting progress over more than 30 years to control the effects of one of the most carcinogenic substances in commercial use in the United States. The risk evaluation is a product of the 2016 amendments to the federal […]


EPA to Review Any New Use of Asbestos

The EPA’s final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos is a partial step to limit potential human exposure to the toxic substance.


Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Asbestos in 2018

Each year on September 26, the mesothelioma community raises awareness for this aggressive and rare cancer on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This year is the 14th anniversary of the awareness day, which was established in 2004 by the Meso Foundation to bring awareness to the disease and allow community members to come together.

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New Use Rule for Asbestos Proposed

As part of a trio of actions taken under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA has proposed the first-ever Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos.

SNUR Issued for TCE

Following through on an August 2015 proposal, the EPA has issued a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for trichloroethylene (TCE) when manufactured or processed for use in a consumer product (exceptions apply).