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EPA Releases Updated Version of “Working Approach” Document for New Chemicals Review

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:35

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on December 20, 2019, an updated version of the “Working Approach” document that builds upon EPA’s November 2017 “New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework: Working Approach to Making Determinations under Section 5 of TSCA.” EPA states that the updated document explains its approach for making one of the five affirmative determinations on new chemical notices under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The recently published Corrigenda to Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 11:54

Here is the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 61st Edition (English) Effective 1 January 2020 ADDENDUM Posted 2 December 2019 >>  https://www.costha.com/uploads/1576783509_DGR61-Addendum1-EN.pdfHere is the Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code >> https://www.costha.com/uploads/regulatory-notices/1576784399_Corrigenda%20Dec%202019.pdf 

EPA-OIG: EPA Needs to Improve Its Emergency Planning to Better Address Air Quality Concerns During Future Disasters

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:15

Most air toxic emission incidents during Hurricane Harvey occurred within a 5-day period of the storm’s landfall. The majority of these emissions were due to industrial facilities shutting down and restarting operations in response to the storm and storage tank failures. However, state, local and EPA mobile air monitoring activities were not initiated in time to assess the impact of these emissions.

Waters Of The U.S. (WOTUS) Replacement Rule Under OMB Review

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:48

On December 5, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the final WOTUS rule that is “Step Two” in the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) two-step rulemaking to rescind and replace the 2015 WOTUS rule. The WOTUS definition is the foundation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it defines the scope of waters and wetlands that are federally regulated and subjected to CWA regulatory programs, including Section 402 discharge permitting and Section 404 dredge-and-fill permitting. OMB interagency review is a final step before an agency publishes a final rule.

EPA Issues ANPR On EPCRA Section 313 Listing For PFAS Substances

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:45

On December 4, 2019, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comment on whether to add certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). 84 Fed. Reg. 66369. EPA is specifically requesting comments on which of the approximately 600 PFAS currently active in commerce have sufficient toxicity information available to meet the EPCRA Section 313(d)(2) listing criteria.

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