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The Essential Value of Forming TSCA Consortia

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 08:52

Today as never before, the old adage “there is strength in numbers” rings true. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to implement the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), industry stakeholders are recognizing the immense importance of working within consortia to leverage resources, reduce cost, and increase opportunities for successful results.

NIH - COVID-19 a Reminder of the Challenge of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 20:06

The emergence and rapid increase in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, pose complex challenges to the global public health, research and medical communities, write federal scientists from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their commentary appears in The New England Journal of Medicine.NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects H.

Revisions to NEPA Proposed to Unlock American Investment

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 10:04

President Trump and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued proposed regulations on January 10, 2020 to modify the regulatory program for the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), that requires federal agencies consider the environmental consequences of their actions when they are in the decision-making process to issue approvals, permits, or authorizations.  Projects that are of a nature to require federal action must undergo an Environmental Assessment and perhaps trigger the development of an Environmental Impact Statement.   Over the past forty some years, th

OSHA requests nominations for membership on its National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 09:56

OSHA requests nominations for membership on its National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).  Nominations for NACOSH must be submitted (postmarked, sent or received) by April 27, 2020. Read the Federal Register notice here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-26/pdf/2020-03806.pdf

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Employer Guidance for Responding To Coronavirus Outbreak

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:31

The recent outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, has left many employers across the country grappling with how to effectively and lawfully protect their employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), there are currently tens of thousands of reported cases of the disease (recently named “COVID-19”) in China, with a growing number of cases in various international locations.   In the United States, the CDC has confirmed 14 cases and has tested a total of 426 individuals.  Another 39

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