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EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation


EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

The first ten chemicals to be evaluated for potential risk to human health and the environment under TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) reform were announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Under the […]

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US EPA Releases Proposed ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 Criteria

The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently announced definite standards for the recognition of ENERGY STAR(R) Most Efficient 2017. They have released a letter which outlines the standards in detail along with an updated proposal on dryers, […]

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TSCA Public Meetings To be Held On Risk Evaluation and Chemical Prioritization Processes

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public meetings on August 9-10 to get input on the processes that will be used to prioritize and evaluate chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) […]

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China Proposes New Labeling Standard for Gas Cooking Appliances

The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has proposed a standard on technical requirements for environmental labeling for gas cooking appliances.  The Draft applies to both domestic and commercial gas cooking appliances and sets out terminology […]

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President Obama Signs US TSCA Reform Legislation into Law

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, also known as the TSCA Reform or TSCA Modernization bill, has recently been signed into law by President Obama. The legislation is an amendment of […]

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US EPA Finalizes ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Displays Specification

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the final requirements for ENERGY STAR® Displays Version 7.0 Program with an effective date of July 1, 2016. Under the new specification, both computer monitors and signage […]

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US EPA Publishes Final Significant New Use Rule on HBCD

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for HBCD under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This means that anyone intending to manufacture (including import) or process […]

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US EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Nanoscale Materials Regulation

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period on a proposed rule regarding a nanoscale materials reporting and record keeping regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA will accept comments […]

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US EPA Proposes Adding 1-bromopropane to the EPCRA List of Toxic Chemicals

A widely used solvent and medium, 1-bromopropane, is being proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under the EPCRA  (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) […]

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US EPA Proposes Reporting on Existing Nanoscale Materials in the Marketplace

Using its TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) authority, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances currently in use. Existing exposure and health and safety information […]

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TDI Comment Deadline Extended by US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending its public comment period for the proposed Significant New Use Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act on toluene diisocyanates (TDI) and related compounds to April 30, […]

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US Initiative to Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states and the automotive industry have come together to sign an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The objective of […]

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EPA Proposes SNUR on Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI) in Consumer Products

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for 3 toluene diisocyanates (TDI) including 2,4-toluene diisocyanate, 2,6-toluene diisocyanate and toluene diisocyanate unspecified isomers and their related compounds. The proposed SNUR […]

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US EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Protect Americans from Air Pollution

To safeguard Americans’ health and the environment, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment […]

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EPA Announces Final ENERGY STAR Criteria for Most Efficient Dishwashers

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final criteria for ENERGY STAR(TM) top tier “most efficient” program requirements for dishwashers. This criteria enables recognition for the best-of-the-best among ENERGY STAR dishwashers.  By meeting […]

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US EPA Revises TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its list of existing chemicals for assessment; known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan for Chemical Assessments.  These changes are based on new exposure […]

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ENERGY STAR® for Luminaires V2.0 Revision Launched

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the launch of the specification revision process for ENERGY STAR Luminaires version 2.0. They are encouraging early stakeholder feedback on potential changes to the specification’s approach and […]

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Metals and Electronics Recycler Fined $189,500 for Contaminating San Francisco Bay

One of the world’s largest metals and electronics recyclers has been fined $189,500 for breaking the federal Clean Water Act by polluting San Francisco Bay. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice […]

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ENERGY STAR Specifications Now Includes Large Format High Performance Ink-Jet Printers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is expanding the scope of the ENERGY STAR (R) Imaging specification for high performance ink jet printers and multifunction devices Version 2.0 to add large […]

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US EPA announces $335,000 penalty and settlement with retailer for Violations of Clean Air Act

The second largest retailer in the US, Costco Wholesale Corporation, will pay a penalty of $335,000 for federal Clean Air Act violations. The company has also agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse […]

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Medical Center Fined for Improper Storage and Handling of Hazardous Waste

A medical center faces fines over $150,000 for its improper management and storage of hazardous waste.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a legal complaint against SUNY Downstate Medical Center for violating federal […]

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Shoe Insert Companies Must Pay $210,316 in Penalties for Nanotech Claims

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered three shoe insert companies to pay $210,316 in civil penalties for making unsubstantiated antimicrobial claims about their orthotic shoe inserts.  The marketing materials for the shoe inserts […]

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Final Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements Released for Computers

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just launched the final Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR™ Program Requirements for computers. The requirements will come into place on September 10, 2014. The scope has been expanded to […]

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EPA Requests Comments on Potential Revisions to its Risk Management Program

The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is looking for comments on potential changes to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations and related programs, with the objective of updating its regulations as required under Executive Order […]

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Approval of New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Proposed By US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to increase the alternatives for refrigerants that offer enhanced climate protection without harming the ozone layer. Under the authority of the Clean Air Act, EPA’s Significant New […]

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Chemical Distributor to Pay $612,339 Fine for Hazardous Waste Storage Violations

The owner and operator of a chemical distribution facility in Virginia has been ordered to pay a $612,339 penalty for multiple violations of federal and state hazardous waste storage regulations. The judgement upheld the US […]

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ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 6.1 for Computers Announced

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the final draft of Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR® Computer specification that adds slates/tablets to its scope, as well as the Final Draft Computer Test Procedure developed by […]

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California OEHHA Removes Chlorsulfuron from the Prop 65 List of Chemicals Known to Cause Reproductive Toxicity

The Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is removing the herbicide, chlorsulfuron, from the list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65. In May, 1999, based on the […]

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EPA Issues Draft ENERGY STAR Specifications for Televisions Version 7.0

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first draft of the Version 7.0 ENERGY STAR® specification for televisions. The specifications cover changed to the following: On Mode Requirements Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs […]

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Company to Pay Record $13.75m Civil Penalty for TSCA Violations at Single Facility

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice has announced that one of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines, has agreed to pay a record $13.75m million civil penalty […]

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ENERGY STAR for Displays Version 7.0 Launched By EPA

A revision of the ENERGY STAR® Displays specification has been launched by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA is planning to release a Draft 1 Version 7.0 Specification in April and following from […]

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President Obama Directs EPA and DOT To Set Next Round Of Fuel Efficiency Standards For Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles

In his State of the Union address, the US President is directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop and issue the next phase […]

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Alternative Assessments for DecaBDE and BPA Released by US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published two final Alternatives Assessment Reports for the flame retardant DecaBDE, and Bisphenol-A (BPA) in thermal paper. Alternative Assessments are carried out with the objective of helping industries […]

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ENERGY STAR® V6.0 Certification In Full Operation from Jan 15, 2014

As of January 15, 2014, all companies seeking ENERGY STAR certification for computers, must meet the new Version 6.0 criteria.  From this date, Certification Bodies will stop certifying new product submittals to Version 5.2. However, […]

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US EPA Finalizes Electronic Reporting Requirements for TSCA Submissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is amending certain reporting requirements to require the use of electronic reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The objective is to minimize the […]

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US EPA Proposes to Sunset the ENERGY STAR Specification for Battery Charging Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to sunset the ENERGY STAR® specification for Battery Charging System (BCS) products effective June 3, 2014. EPA has determined that limited additional, cost-effective savings are available for this product […]

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Chemical Company to Pay $2.6m Fine for Failure to Disclose Public Health Risks of Cadmium

A manufacturers of chromium chemicals was ordered this week to pay a penalty of $2,571,800 for failing to disclose information about the substantial risk of injury to human health from exposure to hexavalent chromium, on […]

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US EPA Finalizes Amendments to Greenhouse Gas Reporting for Electronics Manufacturers

The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is amending the calculation and monitoring methodologies for electronics manufacturers covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. These changes include revising certain calculation methods and adding a new method, […]

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Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans Released by US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its draft plans for Climate Change Adaptation Implementation for public review and comment. These proposed Plans provide information about how EPA will meet the agency-wide priorities identified […]

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US EPA finalises amended SNUR for Chemical used as a Refrigerant and Blowing Agent

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an amendment to the significant new use rule (SNUR) for the chemical substance identified as 1-Propene, 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-.  The chemical is used as a refrigerant and blowing agent. […]

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Walmart announces policy on sustainable chemistry in consumables

On Thursday, 12 September 2013, Walmart announced its new “Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.” With the Policy, Walmart aims to help ensure that household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products sold in its […]

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Access to Scientific, Regulatory Information on Chemicals Improves with Launch of US EPA’s ChemView

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched ChemView, a web-based tool, which will significantly improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). […]

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President Obama reveals climate change action plan

President Obama has outlined the US’ plans to reduce carbon pollution and lead international efforts to address global climate change. A key element of the plan is the reduction of carbon pollution from coal-fired power […]

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US EPA Fines Big-Box Retailer $81M for Violating Environmental Laws

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has resolved civil violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The violations […]

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US EPA Proposes Greater Protection from Exposure to Formaldehyde

The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is proposing two rules to help protect people from exposure to the harmful chemical formaldehyde. They are proposing that formaldehyde emission standards for both domestic and imported wood products […]

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US Senate considers bill to amend TSCA

United States (US) Senators, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) and David Vitter (R-Louisana) announced a bipartisan bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The bill, known as the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of […]

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