Entries by Verdant Law

EPA Publishes TSCA User Fee Proposed Rule

Under the proposed TSCA User Fee Rule, submitters would pay $16,000 for each PMN. This was announced on February 8, 2018, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule regarding user fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The current fee for […]

California Issues Expanded Draft Priority Product Workplan

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently issued a Draft Three-Year Priority Product Work Plan (2018-2020) under the state Safer Consumer Products program (also known as the “green chemistry” program). The draft Work Plan would supersede the current plan adopted in 2015, and lists the categories of products that DTSC intends to investigate […]

2008 Ozone Plan Rebuffed by DC Circuit

In a wide-ranging opinion issued February 16, the D.C. Circuit invalidated major aspects of EPA’s Implementation Rule for the 2008 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone. (South Coast Air Quality Management District v. EPA, No. 15-1115). Primary holdings are as follows: States cannot take credit for NOx or VOC emission reductions outside of […]

TSCA Inventory Reset Deadline Is Approaching

The TSCA Inventory Reset process is designed to identify which listed chemical substances are and which are not actively used in commerce. Substances identified as “in commerce” will be placed on the “Active Inventory.” Substances not currently in commerce will be placed on the “Inactive Inventory.” Companies will not be able to lawfully manufacture, import, […]

EPA Rescinds MACT “Once In Always In” Policy

In late January, EPA issued a guidance memorandum rescinding the agency’s prior policy that once a source becomes a major source subject to a maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standard under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), it cannot be reclassified later as an area source not subject to MACT. The prior policy, […]

Safer Consumer Products Schedules Public Hearing on its Proposal to List Paint or Varnish Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride as a Priority Product

A public hearing on California’s Safer Consumer Product’s third proposed Priority Product regulation will be held on January 8, 2018. The hearing will begin at 1:00 PM in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Building, located at 1001 “I” Street, Sacramento, California, and remain open until 5:00 PM or until no attendees present testimony, […]

EPA Offers Free Training On the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) will hold a free full-day workshop on the 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Arlington, VA, from 8:30 to 3:00 PM. The workshop will cover all the major provisions of the rule, looking at regulatory […]

OEHHA Amends Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning Regulations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) received numerous inquiries related to the interpretation and application of several provisions of the August 2016 amendments to the Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings regulations. OEHHA determined that clarification of certain provisions of the new regulations “would be beneficial to the regulated community.” As such, on […]

EPA Determines to Update to Standards for “Small Manufacturers and Processors” for TSCA Reporting

On November 30, 2017, EPA published a final determination, as required under the amended TSCA, that an update is warranted to the size standards for small manufacturers and processors currently used to determine which small businesses are exempt from reporting regulations under TSCA Section 8(a).  EPA’s determination was made after reviewing public comments and consulting […]