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New York Delays Enforcement of Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:15

On June 12, 2019, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that it will delay enforcement of the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program (Disclosure Program) from July 1, 2019, to January 1, 2020.  NYSDEC states in the June 12, 2019, Environmental Notice Bulletin that it will begin enforcing any violations of the required disclosure as of January 2, 2020.

Persulphates: Health Risks in Hair Products

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 13:57

Ammonium, potassium, and sodium persulphates are inorganic salts are available in a supply chain.  These substances as ingredients in hair products are used mainly as hair bleaching or hair lightening agents, thereby, helping to decolorize or lighten hair by oxidizing the colors present in the hair shaft.  Ammonium persulphate is also used in the baking industry as bleaching agent.Read the entire article here.By Abdul H. Khalid. PhD, CHMM, RPIH

EPA announces FY 2020-2023 Priorities for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:56

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced seven enforcement and compliance assurance priority areas for fiscal years 2020-2023. Six of the seven priorities are National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs), which will be led by EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

IHMM Government Affairs in Pennsylvania with PCC

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:01

Please see below links to recent media coverage related to occupational licensing reform efforts in Pennsylvania.  As you’ll note from the articles, there is widespread interest in this issue, and most of the coverage has focused on HB 1477 and SB 637, neither of which are problematic from the PCC’s perspective.  While we are encouraged that the bulk of the focus in PA is on those two unobjectionable bills, we are actively monitoring developments there to ensure that troublesome provisions – such as those found in HB 811 – do not appear in any moving legislative vehicles that contains occup

EPA National Priorities List

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 16:32

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “the Act”), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (“NCP”) include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (“NPL”) constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or “the agency”) in determining which sites warrant further investigation.

EPA Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule Mandates Changes for Health Care Facilities

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:14

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new rule that will impact the operations of a wide-range of health care facilities and the manner in which those facilities manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.  The “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine” applies to health care facilities that distribute, sell, or dispense pharmaceuticals, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physicians’ offices, optical and dental providers, chiropractors, long-term care facilities (excluding assisted living facilities), and

Stericycle_EPA-image.jpg Navigating EPA’s Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rulemaking (Part Two)

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:08

Even with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized standards for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals beginning to take effect in August, some healthcare waste facilities still don’t have hazardous or controlled substance programs in place.That’s something that Cara Simaga, director of regulatory affairs at Stericycle, a healthcare waste management company, has noticed with a handful of the companies she works with. On top of that, she has seen confusion on the enforcement side of things.

Amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Emergency Response Assistance Plan)

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:40

Canada.  Recent amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (the Regulations) seek to enhance response to releases of dangerous goods; to ensure more effective, timely responses to incidents and clarify expectations of handlers and transporters of dangerous goods.  See:


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