Tag: TSCA

Asbestos danger

Bill That Would Ban Asbestos Fails in House

Partisan politics are blamed for the House’s failure to pass a bill that would have amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of asbestos or any mixture or article containing asbestos, according to The Hill.

Methylene Chloride Barrel

EPA Issues Final Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The EPA issued its final risk evaluation for methylene chloride under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on June 24, 2020. The EPA findings indicate that methylene chloride (also known as dichloromethane and methylene dichloride) poses threats to human health and safety in 47 out of the 53 types of uses reviewed, including threats to […]

Chemical manufacturing facility

TSCA Definition of Small Manufacturer Broadened by EPA

Stating that compliance with the reporting requirements of Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) places a particular burden on small businesses, the EPA has finalized a new definition of small manufacturer to include more entities. TSCA Section 8(a) generally excludes small manufacturers and processors of chemical substances from the reporting and recordkeeping […]

asbestos

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 […]

chemical spill and cleanup

COVID-19: EPA Issues Guidance on Site Cleanups During Pandemic

The EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) has issued two documents intended to assist managers in the Agency’s 10 regional offices on deciding if site cleanup and emergency response should begin or continue in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chemical data analysis and research

EPA Amends TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Requirements

According to the EPA, the Agency’s final rule amending the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has three primary objectives.

Drinking water

EPA Announces Three Actions Regarding PFAS

On February 20 and 24, 2020, the EPA announced three developments under its action plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS Action Plan).

Chemical manufacturing

TSCA Fees: EPA Issues Preliminary List of Affected Manufacturers

The EPA has published preliminary lists of manufacturers (including importers) that will need to pay fees to defray the costs of risk evaluations the Agency must perform on 20 substances that have been designated high priorities under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Each of the 20 high-priority substances has been matched […]

Capitol building

Comprehensive PFAS Bill Passed by House of Representatives

By a vote of 247 to 159, the House passed the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535). The bill would amend five environmental statutes—the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)—by […]

Chemicals, laboratory

EPA Identifies 20 High-Priority Chemicals for Risk Evaluations

The EPA has issued its final list of the first 20 high-priority chemical substances in commerce that will undergo Agency risk evaluations over the next 3 years. The risk evaluation process for existing chemicals is arguably the most consequential part of the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).