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Maine Adopts Rule Designating Flame Retardant Chemicals as Priority Chemicals


Maine Adopts Rule Designating Flame Retardant Chemicals as Priority Chemicals

A rule defining two flame retardant chemicals of high concern as ‘Priority Chemicals’ was adopted recently by Maine. The rule, which is an amendment to Chapter 889, entails reporting for specific children’s products containing deliberately added […]

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US EPA Announces Launch of ENERGY STAR Computers Version 7.0

The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced the launch of ENERGY STAR® Computers Version 7.0 Development Process. The official launch letter and discussion guide outline key questions for stakeholders, an initial list of priority areas for […]

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Maine Proposes to Designate Flame Retardants for Priority Chemical Reporting

A routine technical rule to label two chemicals of high concern has been proposed by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. Reporting for certain product categories will now be required for products that contain one or […]

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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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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 DOE Publishes a Final Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers

A Federal Register notice of final rule has been published by the US Department of Energy (DOE) relating to energy conservation standards for battery chargers. The date for compliance with the agreed standards established in […]

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US FCC Proposes Opening Specific Spectrum Bands to Facilitate 5G Network Development

The US Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) proposes opening specific spectrum bands above 24 GHz for mobile services to facilitate 5G network development.  They are requesting comments on proposed service rules that would authorize […]

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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 FTC Finalizes Changes to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act Rules

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to its Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) rules, which require certain products to carry labels identifying the contents, source, quantity and other information to allow […]

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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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CPSC Penalty Average Jumps 83%

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) civil penalty average has risen to $2.625 million for 2015 and brings the total penalties charged for the year so far to $21 million. This represents an increase of […]

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Another Blow to “Not Conflict Free” Declaration Requirement

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reaffirmed its initial ruling that the conflict minerals declaration requirements (under Dodd-Frank and SEC) violate the First Amendment to the Constitution. The court found that […]

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Oregon Enacts Bill on Designation of Priority Chemicals of Concern

The US State of Oregon has enacted a Bill on Designation of Priority Chemicals of Concern. The Oregon Health Authority, under this new law, is required to compile and maintain a list of designated high […]

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Proposed Changes to Test Procedures for Battery Chargers

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking in relation to test procedures for battery chargers. A public meeting will take place on September 15, 2015 in […]

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California ARB Releases Instructions on Consumer Products Program 2014 Data Reporting

The California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) 2014 data reporting for the Consumer Products Program began on July 1, 2015, and ends on November 1, 2015. Reporting is mandatory for all Responsible Parties that sold consumer […]

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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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California Appliance Efficiency Enforcement Regulations Take Effect July 2015

New California Appliance Efficiency Enforcement Regulations will take effect on July 1, 2015. Under the new regulations, California’s Energy Commission is authorized to establish an administrative enforcement process to address abuses of California’s appliance efficiency […]

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California OEHHA Votes to add BPA to Proposition 65

News reports indicate that the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) voted to add bisphenol-A (BPA) to the list of reproductive toxicants under Proposition 65. The listing could […]

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Michigan Proposes to Expand E-waste Program Requirements

Michigan’s Senator Warren has introduced a Bill that would add tablet computers and mobile phones to the list of covered electronics subject to the manufacturer takeback and recycling law enacted in 2008. Under the proposed […]

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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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California OEHHA Posts Comments on Proposition 65 NSRL for DINP

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a proposed rule in December to adopt a Proposition 65  No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for DINP (Diisononyl phthalate) of 146 micrograms per day.  Comments received […]

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Washington Bill on Energy Efficiency Passes House

Washington’s New Bill on Energy Efficiency has passed the House and is now before the Senate.  The bill would establish new energy efficiency standards for certain new products sold, offered for sale, or installed in […]

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Minnesota Bill Would Require Labeling of Children’s Products Containing Priority Chemicals

Minnesota has introduced a Bill that would require manufacturers to label children’s products that contain priority chemicals with the following statement: “WARNING: This product contains [NAME OF PRIORITY CHEMICAL], a chemical known or suspected with a […]

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Missouri Bill Would Establish Mandatory E-Waste Takeback Targets For Manufacturers

Missouri has proposed a Bill that would replace the “reasonably convenient” standard for manufacturer e-waste collection programs with specific targets to be phased in over the upcoming program years. The recovery goals would be as follows: […]

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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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North Carolina Introduces Bill To Restrict TRIS, BPA and Phthalates in Children’s Products

The US continues to regulate against the use of hazardous substances in children’s products as the North Carolina Senate introduces a new Bill which would prohibit the sale of children’s products containing bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates […]

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California Proposes Amendments to Appliance Efficiency Regulations

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is proposing to amend its Appliance Efficiency Regulations in relation to the energy efficiency of appliances, and make federal appliance regulatory updates, minor corrections, and clarifications. The CEC has released […]

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California Harmonizes State Lightbulb CRI Requirements with ENERGY STAR Standards

California has introduced a bill to ensure that its state energy efficiency regulations for light bulbs do not exceed the ENERGY STAR(TM) standards for minimum color rendering values. Under the existing law, the State Energy Resources […]

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Stacey Bowers To Participate on Personal Care Products Council Task Force

Stacey Bowers of Compliance & Risks has joined the Green Chemistry Task Force for the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the leading American trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry, represents more […]

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New York Bill on Chemicals of Concern in Children’s Products Reintroduced

The New York Senate Bill on Chemicals of Concern in Children’s Products has been reintroduced. These changes would mandate the creation of a public website identifying “chemicals of concern” and “priority chemicals,” and would require […]

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New US Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

The US Postal Service is launching new standards for the mailing of lithium batteries, to expand requirements for the mailing of hazardous, restricted, and perishable materials. These revisions will bring the Postal Service in line […]

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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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Publication of Updated Cuban Assets Control Regulations

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to apply policy changes announced by the President in December 2014.  The objectives of these changes […]

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New Proposition 65 “Clear and Reasonable Warnings” Regulation Proposed

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing to adopt new regulations in the California Code of Regulations, further enhancing the “right-to-know” purposes of the statute and providing more specific guidance on the […]

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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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Massachusetts Finalizes Regulation to Implement the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has finalized its regulation to implement the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 related to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The Air Pollution Control for Mobile Sources […]

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Draft Final Rule On AEDM for HVAC, Refrigeration and Water Heating Issued

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is revising its regulations governing DOE verification testing of industrial equipment covered by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act rated with alternative efficiency determination methods (AEDMs). Following a negotiated […]

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Energy Standards for Commercial Clothes Washers Amended By US DOE

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is amending energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers (CCWs). The effective date of this rule is February 13, 2015 and companies must comply to the […]

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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 GAO Reports on Consumer Product Safety Oversight Coordination, Efficiency and Effectiveness

The US Congress Government Accountability Office (GAO) carried out a study on consumer product safety oversight coordination, efficiency and effectiveness across eight agencies that have direct oversight responsibilities.  These include the Consumer Product Safety Commission […]

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CFSI Updates Conflict Minerals Reporting Template

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has updated its free, standardized reporting template to version 3.02.  The template enables the conveying of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and smelters and refiners […]

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Regulated Substances Brief Provides Essential Guide to Chemicals Substances

Monthly newsletter gives customized information on Conflict Minerals, EU RoHS and EU REACH for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry and its supply chains The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Compliance & Risks today announced […]

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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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US OSHA Seeks Stakeholder Input About Its Approach to Managing Chemical Exposures In The Workplace

The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is revising its regulatory approach to the management of chemical exposures in the workplace.  They are inviting stakeholder input up until April 8, 2015, in relation to […]

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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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