Entries by Verdant Law

EPA to hold training webinars on TSCA section 5 e-PMN electronic reporting system.

Today, U.S. EPA announced a series of webinars to assist submitters with the agency’s new web-based system for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 submissions. The new electronic reporting system, finalized by rule last month, applies to premanufacture notices (PMNs) and certain other § 5 notices and support documents. The three webinars will walk […]

OSHA releases Hazard Communication Standard inspection procedures.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new Directive outlining the changes in enforcement caused by the modification of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) to harmonize with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The new Directive, titled Inspection Procedures for […]

Canada imposes new reporting requirements for nanoscale substances.

Canada’s Minister of the Environment is requiring manufacturers and importers of certain nanoscale substances to report information for “the development of a list of nanomaterials in commerce in Canada and subsequent prioritization activities for these substances, which may include risk assessment and risk management activities.” A notice published in the Canada Gazette on July 25 […]

EPA issues new electronic reporting rule for TSCA section 5.

Today, EPA released a pre-publication version of a new rule for electronic reporting under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The action, which comes in the form of a Direct Final Rule, amends the regulations governing the electronic submission of premanufacture notices (PMNs), other TSCA § 5 notices, and related documents to […]

Senate leaders urged to consider competing TSCA reform bills.

Since our last update, U.S. lawmakers and other stakeholders have kept busy with competing legislation to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), with the hope of bringing the issue to the Senate floor for debate before the August Congressional recess. The TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2567) passed the House by a vote […]

TSCA Modernization Act approved by House Energy and Commerce Committee, floor vote expected by end of June.

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576), setting up the bill for a floor vote currently scheduled for June 23. The vote was 47-0 with one abstention, by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who warned of the legislation’s insufficient protections for state chemical laws. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), the […]

TSCA reform: NYT calls for more high-priority chemical assessments, House bill formally introduced.

Even while Congress is in recess this week, the cause of reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues to progress. Notably, the New York Times Editorial Board is calling for stronger regulation of chemicals by requiring and empowering EPA to evaluate “at least 20 high-priority chemicals a year of its own choosing.” The editorial […]

Rep. Shimkus’ TSCA reform bill receives unanimous, bipartisan approval in House Subcommittee.

The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy unanimously approved the Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act of 2015, a revised version of the bill first introduced by Subcommittee Chair Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) last month to fix key flaws in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). At today’s markup, Rep. Shimkus said he was […]

Udall-Vitter TSCA reform bill gains momentum on the way to Senate floor; House markup expected soon.

The bipartisan Senate bill to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) conforms to the Obama Administration’s principles for TSCA reform, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, thus adding momentum to Congress’ protracted effort to overhaul the nation’s outdated chemical safety laws. While appearing last week before the Senate Subcommittee on Appropriations for Interior, Environment and […]

EPA releases interim guidance on data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides and food contact surfaces.

Last week, EPA released interim guidance on the agency’s toxicology data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides on food contact surfaces. The interim guidance clarifies that the 200 parts per billion (ppb) threshold that triggers different data requirements is based on “total estimated daily dietary intake” for an individual and not the total amount of residue on […]