Entries by Verdant Law

FTC Approves Final Consent Orders Against Four Paint Companies Regarding Emission- and VOC-Free Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved final consent orders against four paint companies — Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc., ICP Construction Inc., YOLO Colorhouse, LLC, and Imperial Paints, LLC — that allegedly misled consumers by claiming their products were free of emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To clarify to industry that these orders represent […]

EPA Adopts “Back to Basics” Process for NAAQS Review

On May 9, EPA Administrator Pruitt released a memorandum to Assistant Administrators titled “Back to Basics Process for Reviewing National Ambient Air Quality Standards” (NAAQS). Key provisions include: 1. Meeting statutory deadlines. The Administrator has ordered completion of the pending review of the ozone NAAQS by October 2020 and of the pending PM NAAQS review […]

EPA Updated the Pesticide Label Review Manual

EPA has substantively updated the General Labeling Requirements, Precautionary Statements, and Net Contents/Net Weight Chapters of the Pesticide Label Review Manual, and made minor editorial changes throughout the rest of the manual. This manual is designed to help industry understand the pesticide labeling process and how labels should be drafted under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, […]

EPA Issues Draft TSCA Inventory With “Active” Substance Designations

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Reset Rule, manufacturers and importers were required to report all chemical substances that were active in commerce in the ten year “look-back period” ending June 21, 2016. Based on the information it received, the EPA published a draft version of the TSCA Inventory […]

EPA Science Advisors Support Current SO2 NAAQS

EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) has now completed its review of the agency’s draft Policy Assessment (PA) for the SO2 NAAQS, and supports the EPA staff recommendation that the current scientific literature does not support revision of the current primary (health based) SO2 NAAQS. In a draft letter recently released, CASAC notes that […]

EPA Releases Draft Guidance on TSCA CBI Disclosures and Requests Comments

On March 13, 2018, EPA released three draft guidance documents for public comment clarifying the circumstances under which EPA may disclose TSCA confidential business information (CBI) with an expanded set of people. Comments will be accepted until April 16, 2018. Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) expanded the categories of people who may […]

D.C. Circuit Revises Its Decision on the Definition of Solid Waste

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit or Court) issued an unsigned per curiam opinion revising its July 2017 decision, which struck down portions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule. American Petroleum Institute v. EPA, D.C. Cir. […]

EPA Proposes to Add Aerosols to the Universal Waste Regulations

On March 16, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) proposed adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. Comments are due by April 16, 2018. Aerosol cans are widely used for dispensing a broad range of products including paints, solvents, […]

New NSR Guidance Considers Emissions Decreases

EPA recently issued new Guidance for determining whether a proposed new or modified source of air pollutants would cause a significant increase in emissions, requiring a major source permit. See Memorandum from Administrator Pruitt to Regional Administrators re: Project Emissions Accounting Under the New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Program (March 13,2018). To date, EPA has […]