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Deadlines Set for Submission of Chemical Substance Notifications to US EPA under the TSCA Inventory Reset Rule

US EPA’s rule to “reset” the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory of chemical substances was formally published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2017. This means that the clock is now running on the 180-day deadline for chemical manufacturers and importers to submit to US EPA the chemical substance notifications required by the … Continue Reading

US EPA Issues Three Major Rules Affecting Chemicals Industry

On June 22, 2017, US EPA issued three major rules required by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016.   The three TSCA rules addressed: (1) “resetting” the TSCA Inventory, (2) chemical substances prioritization, and (3) risk evaluations for chemical substances.  … Continue Reading

US EPA Issues Proposed TSCA Risk Evaluation Rule

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has issued its proposed rule outlining the process by which it will conduct risk evaluations on chemical substances under the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), to determine whether the substances present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment under the conditions of use. … Continue Reading

US EPA Identifies First 10 Chemicals For Risk Evaluations Under Amended TSCA

On November 29, US EPA announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  US EPA will evaluate the 10 chemicals to determine whether they “present an unreasonable risk of injury” to health or the environment “under the … Continue Reading

Deadline for TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Extended to October 31, 2016

Last week, US EPA announced in the Federal Register that it has extended the deadline for companies subject to its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to submit data on the chemical substances they manufacture and import pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from September 30, 2016 to October 31, 2016. For detailed information on the CDR reporting requirements, … Continue Reading

Implication of TSCA Amendments on US Workplace and Consumer Safety Regulation

How US EPA assesses and regulates chemicals under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act has a number of implications for workplace and consumer safety regulation. In particular, chemicals regulated under other environmental statutes may bear on US EPA’s plans in this arena. US EPA has not regulated a chemical under TSCA Section 6, which provides … Continue Reading

US EPA Issues First Year Implementation Plan for New Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

The US EPA has issued a “First Year Implementation Plan” outlining the steps it will take over the next year (and beyond) toward implementing the requirements of the new Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the legislation signed into law by President Obama on June 22 to modernize the Toxic Substances … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Landmark TSCA Reform Legislation into Law, as US EPA Begins Implementation

On June 22, 2016 President Barack Obama signed into law the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” the landmark legislation modernizing the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).   The Lautenberg Act is the first substantive update of TSCA since it was passed 40 years ago in 1976 and signed into law … Continue Reading

US Congress Passes Landmark TSCA Reform Legislation

On June 7, 2016 the US Congress passed the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” the landmark bipartisan, compromise legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).    The Lautenberg Act is expected to be signed into law by President Obama very soon. As passed by Congress, the Lautenberg Act makes … Continue Reading

US EPA Issues Significant New Use Rule for TCE in Consumer Products

On April 8, 2016, US EPA issued a final significant new use rule (“SNUR”) for trichloroethylene (“TCE”). The TCE SNUR requires anyone manufacturing, importing or processing TCE for use in a consumer product to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any such manufacturing, importation or processing. The SNUR expressly exempts the use of … Continue Reading

US Senate Approves Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

On December 17, 2015 the US Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Senate’s version of legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”). The bipartisan bill was introduced on March 10, 2015 by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) and was approved by the … Continue Reading

US House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Approves Landmark TSCA Reform Legislation

On June 23, 2015, by a vote of 398-1, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HR 2576, the “TSCA Modernization Act of 2015,” a landmark bill that would significantly amend the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation approved by the full US House of Representatives is slightly different from the version voted … Continue Reading

US House Subcommittee Unanimously Approves TSCA Reform Legislation

On May 14, 2015, the Subcommittee on Environment & the Economy of the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce (E&C Committee) unanimously approved a “discussion draft” bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) proposed by Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL).  The discussion draft, entitled the “TSCA Modernization Act of 2015,” was approved by a … Continue Reading

US Senate Environment Committee Approves TSCA Reform Bill

On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee approved S.697, the bipartisan bill introduced on March 10 by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Before approving S.697, the EPW Committee amended the bill with compromise language negotiated by Senators Udall … Continue Reading

US EPA Updates List of TSCA “Work Plan” Chemicals for Risk Analysis

US EPA has updated its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan for Chemical Assessments, the Agency’s list of priority chemicals for analysis, adding 23 new chemicals to the list while removing or consolidating 16 others. US EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) produced the original list of Work Plan chemicals in … Continue Reading

Squire Sanders Lawyer Stephen A. Owens Provides Statement in Support of TSCA Reform

U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) announced last Thursday that former top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials from the Administrations of President Barack Obama and George W. Bush were supporting the bipartisan legislation that the Senators introduced last week to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Squire Sanders lawyer Stephen … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces the Chemical Safety Improvement Act to Reform TSCA

On May 22, 2013, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act” (CSIA).  Co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 14 additional Senators, the CSIA would “modernize” the existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and bring about a major overhaul of this country’s chemical management regulatory regime. Among its more … Continue Reading

US Government Accountability Office Recommends More Aggressive TSCA Efforts by US EPA

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report critiquing the EPA’s efforts under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and recommending that EPA take more aggressive steps under TSCA to achieve the agency’s goals of ensuring the safety of chemicals. The GAO report, “EPA Has Increased Efforts to Assess and Control Chemicals, but … Continue Reading
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