The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on December 20, 2019, the final list of high-priority chemicals. These chemicals will be the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Here is the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 61st Edition (English) Effective 1 January 2020 ADDENDUM Posted 2 December 2019 >> https://www.costha.com/uploads/1576783509_DGR61-Addendum1-EN.pdfHere is the Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code >> https://www.costha.com/uploads/regulatory-notices/1576784399_Corrigenda%20Dec%202019.pdf
Most air toxic emission incidents during Hurricane Harvey occurred within a 5-day period of the storm’s landfall. The majority of these emissions were due to industrial facilities shutting down and restarting operations in response to the storm and storage tank failures. However, state, local and EPA mobile air monitoring activities were not initiated in time to assess the impact of these emissions.
On November 20, 2019, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed several bills addressing PFAS. Chief among these is the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535). That bill would require EPA to list PFAS as CERCLA hazardous substances. The Committee also passed the following bills:
On December 5, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the final WOTUS rule that is “Step Two” in the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) two-step rulemaking to rescind and replace the 2015 WOTUS rule. The WOTUS definition is the foundation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it defines the scope of waters and wetlands that are federally regulated and subjected to CWA regulatory programs, including Section 402 discharge permitting and Section 404 dredge-and-fill permitting. OMB interagency review is a final step before an agency publishes a final rule.
On December 10, 2019, EPA convened a public meeting to engage with interested stakeholders on the implementation of EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals program.
On December 4, 2019, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comment on whether to add certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). 84 Fed. Reg. 66369. EPA is specifically requesting comments on which of the approximately 600 PFAS currently active in commerce have sufficient toxicity information available to meet the EPCRA Section 313(d)(2) listing criteria.
On November 22, 2019, EPA issued a press release reminding stakeholders that its regulations to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use will go into effect after November 22, 2019.
IHMM is a member of the Professional Certification Coalition and we have endorsed a bipartisan bill introduced Dec. 6 to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs. The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act was introduced by Reps.