Entries by Verdant Law

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on the Executive Order, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”

On April 5, 2017, the Trump Administration issued guidance on Executive Order (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The guidance, published by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), provides details on the policy established by the January 30, 2017 executive order that requires agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each […]

Irene Hantman to present at American Chemical Society 253rd National Meeting in San Francisco April 4

The symposium is titled, “Recent Developments in TSCA Regulation — New Requirements for Chemicals in Commerce.” Ms. Hantman will be presenting with: Maria Doa, Director, Chemical Control Division, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA David Liu, Principal Ramboll Environ Keith Matthews, Counsel, Wiley Rein LLP The symposium will include an overview of TSCA […]

Processors and Downstream Users Comment on the Inventory Reset Proposed Rule, Asking for Clarity

On January 13, 2017, the EPA published a proposed rule to reset the TSCA Inventory into separate lists of “active” and “inactive” substances (i.e., inventory reset). The proposal details notification requirements and establishes exemptions and procedures for handling confidentiality claims. Properly notified substances would be designated by EPA as “active,” whereas substances without a valid […]

CPSC Settles with NRDC Regarding the Restriction of Phthalates in Children’s Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have reached an agreement in principle for the federal agency to issue a rule banning five chemicals, known as phthalates, that may cause reproductive harm from their exposure in children’s products. Those five phthalates are: diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP), […]

Court to Allow California to List Glyphosate as Possible Cancer Threat under Prop. 65

In September 2015 the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced plans to list the pesticide glyphosate as a possible cancer threat under Proposition 65. OEHHA made the decision to list glyphosate following the International Agency for Research on Cancer March 2015 finding that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” […]

EPA Issues Proposed Rule on TSCA Inventory “Reset”

According to the EPA, there are currently over 85,000 chemicals on EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory (Inventory), many of which are no longer actively produced. On January 13, 2017, the EPA published a proposed rule to reset the TSCA Inventory into separate lists of “active” and “inactive” substances (i.e., inventory reset). […]

EPA Publishes Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials

On January 12, 2017, EPA published a final rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances that are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. Manufacturers and processors, or persons who intend to manufacture or process new discrete forms of certain existing chemical nanoscale […]

EPA Proposes to Limit the Use of Two Toxic Chemicals in Paint Removers

The EPA is proposing to place limits on the use of two common chemicals in paint removers in order to protect consumers and workers from serious health risks associated with this use. The chemicals are methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). In a 2014 assessment, EPA concluded that methylene chloride can cause a range of adverse […]

Global Supply Chain under the Paris Agreement: The Relevance of Chemical & Product Regulations

(Published in: Natural Resources & Environment, Volume 31, Number 3, Winter 2017 [Article PDF]) By Catherine K. Lin and Philip A. Moffat Abstract The Paris Agreement commits all parties to make “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) via domestic laws to limit “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.” This […]