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Repeal of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 19:06

The Ontario government recently announced that it will repeal the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and revoke its associated regulations on December 31, 2021.The purpose of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is to prevent pollution by reducing the use and creation of toxic substances and inform Ontarians about those substances. Under the statute, industry is required to develop toxic reduction plans, and report publicly each year.

Global Chemical Product Innovation & Developments: Australia, Canada, China, Israel, South Korea, UK

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 19:04

ARGENTINAANMAT Issues Cosmetics Safety Guidance: Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica (National Drug, Food and Medical Technology Administration; ANMAT) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to publish the 

New PHMSA Lithium Ion Battery Rule Seeks Harmony in the Safe Skies

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 19:02

Safety hazards presented by the air transportation of lithium ion batteries are once again the subject of regulatory action in the United States. The U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) seeking to revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations for lithium cells and batteries transported by aircraft. The IFR sets forth three distinct provisions.

EPA-Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program to Releases of Pollutants From a Point Source to Groundwater

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:27

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is issuing an Interpretative Statement addressing whether the Clean Water Act (“the CWA” or “the Act”) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permit program applies to releases of a pollutant from a point source to groundwater. This Interpretative Statement reflects the EPA's consideration of the public comments received in response to its February 20, 2018 Federal Register notice.

Office of Management & Budget Moves For Greater Control over federal agencies

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:18

In a move that could increase Trump Administration influence over independent agencies such as the NCUA and CFPB, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday it will require all agencies to submit regulations and guidance for its review before they can be released. The White House on Thursday moved to curb the power of federal regulators by directing them to submit nonbinding guidance documents to the budget office for review, a step that could slow

US EPA Finalizes Rule Employing “SNUR-Only” Approach for TSCA New Chemical Reviews

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:09

On April 5, 2019, US EPA finalized significant new use rules (SNURs) for 13 new chemical substances under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Notably, the 13 chemicals are not also subject to orders under TSCA section 5(e) or 5(f) – an approach that differs substantially from US EPA’s long-standing past practice. US EPA previously outlined this “SNUR-only” strategy in a “framework” policy document in late 2017 that was challenged in a lawsuit.

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