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Communication and Recordkeeping Requirements Related to EPA Ban on Consumer Use Paint Removers Containing Methylene Chloride Go in Effect on August 26, 2019

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:24

In the March 27, 2019, Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final regulatory rulemaking that prohibits the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal.  84 Fed. Reg.

EPA Issues Policy to Enhance Partnerships With States

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 12:16

EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) Susan Bodine recently issued a new policy document titled “Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Work.” With this policy, EPA gives form to its cooperative federalism goals, deferring primary environmental enforcement to

SVHCs & Consumer Products By Abdul H. Khalid, Ph.D. CHMM, RPIH

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:41

There are some identified consumer products in a supply chain that contain potentially harmful chemicals, substances, and materials. Evaluation of substances of very high concerns (SVHCs) is very important. Federal, State, and Local government agencies are working on finding the harmful effects of such chemicals and searching the safe alternatives of these products containing these chemicals as one of the ingredients.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 22, 2019

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:27

Tuesday, July 23 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries and Weather – subcommitee hearing examining issues faced by America’s waterfronts (witness list to be posted here) – 2:15 p.m., SD-562 Dirksen.Wednesday, July 24 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce – subcommittee hearing on legislation to reduce vehicle-related deaths and injuries (witness list and

DC Circuit Upholds EPA’s Latest RCRA Recycling Rule

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:20

On July 2, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided the case of California Communities Against Toxics, et al. v. EPA. In this decision, the court rejected the latest petition to strike or vacate EPA’s 2018 revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste recycling rules. In 1985, EPA promulgated a new regulatory definition of “solid waste,” which is the linchpin of the agency’s very stringent hazardous waste management rules.

Amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (Rail Transport): SOR/2019-254

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:55

Transport Canada published final changes to the Canada Transportation Act regarding aspects of Rail Transport in the Canadian Gazette 2. The changes identified under SOR/2019-254, adopt a number of changes including modifications to insurance requirements, as well as identifying real and estimated traffic volumes of high consequence dangerous goods, such as poisonous-by-inhalation materials.SEE: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-07-10/html/sor-dors254-eng.html

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

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:57

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI“TSCA: Three Years Later” Conference Looks To The Past And Into The Future: On June 24, 2019, B&C, the Environmental Law Institute(ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU) presented “TSCA: Three Years Later,” a day-long conference with leading experts exploring the current impacts of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on science policies, challenges faced by industry

EPA Announces Important New Policy on TSCA CBI Claims of Deficiency

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 16:57

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 15, 2019, that it will cease sending notices of deficiency to businesses that submit procedurally flawed confidential business information (CBI) claims under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This is a significant change from the interpretation EPA announced in January 2017, and a company’s failure to appreciate its consequences could prove damaging.

Government Contracts Regulatory and Legislative Update For June 2019

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:45

REGULATIONSDoD Issues Proposed Rule Establishing Preference for Fixed-Price ContractsOn April 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule to revise the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to establish a preference for fixed-price contracts when determining contract type, and to require use of firm fixed-price contracts for foreign military sales, subject to exceptions.

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.

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