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EPA Proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Mar. 25, 2015)

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a prepublication version of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) proposed rule concerning reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when manufactured (including imported) ...

French Agency Publishes Opinion on Silver Nanoparticles

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Mar. 24, 2015)

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on March 10, 2015, an Opinion concerning exposure to silver nanoparticles that “stresses the research that has been carried out to examine the potential health and environmental effects of ...

Improving air quality in buildings

by Cranfield University  (Mar. 23, 2015)

A new system to establish health-protective limits for the emission of hazardous chemicals from products used in our homes, schools and offices has been developed by the EU-LCI Working Group. Cranfield University scientists, as members of the EU-LCI Working ...

ORNL-led team demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

by Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (Mar. 25, 2015)

Less than 1 percent of Earth’s water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water—seawater—may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for fresh water for drinking, farming, transportation, heating, cooling and industry. But desalination is an energy-intensive process, which ...

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) & Chemical Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Mar. 22, 2015)

Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses how spray polyurethane foam, also known as SPF, can create chemical exposure concerns if not properly applied.   SPF has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation in ...

Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico

by Zimmetry Environmental  (Mar. 10, 2015)

Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC). TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico's Superfund sites, ...

Oil Workers State Safety Issues are a Primary Concern at Labor Talks

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Mar. 4, 2015)

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that too much pressure in a piece of equipment at a refinery in Torrance was the cause of an explosion that injured four contractors and jolted many people in the surrounding neighborhood.  The explosion also released materials that settled on homes and cars in the area. This most recent refinery ...

Chinese Laminate Flooring Creates Formaldehyde Exposure Concerns across Texas

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Mar. 3, 2015)

On March 1st, “60 Minutes” broadcast a report about Chinese-made laminate flooring that has been found to emit high levels of formaldehyde.  The show interviewed experts who had tested over 150 boxes of the laminate flooring bought at multiple locations across California from one of the largest flooring stores in the United ...

Monsanto fined for not reporting Idaho chemical releases

by Associated Press  (Mar. 26, 2015)

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the agreement involving the biotechnology company's Soda Springs facilities. ...

Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

by Associated Press  (Mar. 20, 2015)

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible ...

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