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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2019

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:26

TSCA/FIFRA/TRIEDF Reports That EPA Has “Muzzled” SACC: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) published a September 16, 2019, blog item entitled “EPA’s latest move to deflect criticism of its TSCA risk evaluations: Muzzle its science advisors.” EDF notes that it has opposed a number of recent decisions made by the U.S.

About the Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Program

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 14:14

What We DoStrategic Research Action PlanHuman Health Risk Assessment Strategic Research Action Plan 2016-2019The Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) Program at EPA is focused on advancing the understanding of the effects that exposure to pollutants have on key biological, chemical, and physical processes that affect human health.

Complexities Exist when Shipping Lithium Batteries

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 17:16

There’s good news and bad news about Dangerous Goods training for shipping lithium batteries. First, the good news: it can be relatively easy to learn how to ship one single kind of lithium battery, in one single configuration that never changes by one single mode of transport, in one single type of packaging, to one single destination, using one single carrier. For example, all you ship are iPads. The battery can’t be shipped loose; it’s always installed. And you only ship by one mode of transport. That training can probably be done in an hour or so.

New Zealand’s EPA Proposal: 5-Year Phase-out Period for Firefighting Chemicals Containing PFASs

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 16:33

By Abdul H. Khalid, Ph.D., CHMM, RPIH Recently, the New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority (“EPA”) has proposed consulting plans to phase out the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Firefighting Chemicals while amending the Fire Fighting Chemicals Group Standard of 2017.

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