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It Has Been A Busy Year For the TSCA Risk Assessment Process

As 2019 moves into its closing months, US EPA activity under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) remains front and center.  As part of US EPA’s three-step process of prioritization, risk evaluation and risk management for existing chemicals, as we previously reported, EPA began in 2016 by identifying the first ten chemicals for  risk … Continue Reading

Asbestos Receiving Renewed Attention in Light of Additional US EPA Assessments under TSCA and Potential Ban by Congress

Asbestos is in the hot seat these days and is receiving significant attention from both US EPA and Congress.  In particular, US EPA continues to evaluate asbestos risks under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and has imposed additional regulations, while Congress is currently considering an outright ban on the substance. On April 25, 2019, … Continue Reading

Brexit: will there be a potential supply chain disruption for the chemicals sector?

Following her appearance at the House of Lords EU and Environment Sub-Committee to give evidence about the Future of REACH regulations post Brexit, Squire Patton Boggs attorney Anita Lloyd provided further details for The UK in a Changing Europe about the potential effects of Brexit on chemical regulation.  Due to the way that REACH works … 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 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

UK Chemicals Regulation Post-Brexit

The British exit from the European Union (Brexit) could significantly impact chemical companies operating within the United Kingdom (UK), depending on the regulatory decisions made by the government.  Post-Brexit, REACH, the European Union’s chemicals regulatory scheme will no longer apply to the UK.  Upon exiting REACH, UK companies exporting to Europe could face substantial extra … 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
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