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EPA’s Enforcement Statistics and Priorities – the Trump Administration’s Shift in Focus Toward Collaboration and Greater Coordination with the States

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:44

Over the last few months, EPA’s enforcement priorities under the Trump Administration have come into sharper focus. The Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement Annual Results offer a snapshot of a full year of the agency’s enforcement activity under Senate-confirmed leadership.

PFAS Solution Moving Through Congress on Must-Pass Defense Bill

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:35

PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been under scrutiny on both sides of the Capitol in recent months, and the Senate made significant headway in late June in reaching consensus on PFAS legislation.  Following two hearings in the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee this spring, a package was unveiled and quickly considered in Committee on June 19. Championed by EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), S.

EPA, Intervenors File Supplemental Briefs in Case Challenging EPA’s Prioritization and Risk Evaluation Rules

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:33

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed its response to the non-governmental organizations’ (NGO) supplemental brief in a case challenging EPA’s prioritization and risk evaluation rules.  Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families v. EPA, No.

Hazardous Materials Supply Chain: Emergency Telephone Numbers in EU’s GSH/SDSs

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 17:03

By Abdul H. Khalid, PhD, CHMM, RPIHWhat do you know about an emergency telephone number given in a Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) of a hazardous materials supply chain worldwide?European Union (EU) requires emergency telephone numbers in the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) globally, as referenced in the Global Harmonization System (GHS) of the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP); the EU CLP Regulations.Emergency contact or telephone number in the SDSs is required by the manufactures, producer, importers, suppliers or distributors in the section one (1) of the SDSs.

Controlling Environmentally Hazardous Substances in Electrical & Electronic Products

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 17:02

By Abdul H. Khalid, PhD, CHMMThe European Union (UN)’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a well know directive # 2002/95EC that restricts the use of specific hazardous materials or substances contained in electrical & electronic equipment, known as (EEE). RoHS has an impact on electronic industry while manufacturing and distributing locally or worldwide.

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