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University in Texas Moves Classes Due to Concerns over Asbestos and Mold

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Dec. 22, 2014)

Earlier this month, The Houstonian reported that a building at Sam Houston State University was recently found to contain mold and asbestos.  According to the article, classes were moved from Academic Building III after complaints of mold resulted in an investigation that discovered it was indeed present in the building.  In order to ...

EPA to Hold a Public Meeting concerning the Stauffer Chemical Superfund Sites Operable Unit 3 Cold Creek Swamp

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Nov. 20, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a Public Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, 13145 Highway 43 North, Axis, Alabama. Representatives from EPA will be available to provide information and answer questions about the Stauffer Chemical Superfund Sites ...

Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List and one entry updated

by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  (Dec. 17, 2014)

admium fluoride and cadmium sulphate are added to the Candidate List as being ‘Carcinogenic', ‘Mutagenic', ‘Toxic for reproduction' and are also identified as being of ‘Equivalent level of concern based on probable serious effects to human health' (specifically due to the effects on kidney and bone). Two ...

EPA Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda Includes Item Concerning TSCA Section 8(a) Rule for Nanoscale Materials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Dec. 5, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda, which was posted on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) website on November 21, 2014, includes an item concerning Section 8(a) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting and ...

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

by Associated Press  (Sep. 27, 2014)

The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past. Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in ...

EPA Releases three final Chemical Risk Assessments / Agency identifies health concern from chemical used in paint strippers

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Aug. 28, 2014)

Today, EPA released three final risk assessments for specific uses of three chemicals found in common household products. The risk assessment for Dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in paint stripping products, indicates health risks to both workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where ...

EPA Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda Item Concerning Nanoscale Materials Revised

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Oct. 11, 2014)

After submitting a proposed rule concerning nanoscale materials to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 6, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda item concerning nanoscale materials has been revised. The Regulatory ...

DuPont chemical plant had some environmental violations

by Associated Press  (Nov. 17, 2014)

State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the ...

New Report Makes Strong Business Case for Using Safer Chemicals in Products and Supply Chains

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Chemicals are all around us, present in the products weuse every day. The demand for increased transparency on chemicals up and down the supply chain is growing - we need to understand how and with what chemicals we are interacting.  Consumers, retailers and brands all want to know more, driving companies to disclose information about the ...

Nine Substances of Very High Concern Listed Under REACH, 10 Others Nominated

by Bloomberg BNA  (Aug. 25, 2014)

The European Commission has officially designated nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel, as substances of very high concern, meaning their uses will have to be authorized. In a separate action, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden announced their intent to nominate an additional 10 chemicals as substances of very high ...

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