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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.

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.

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