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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 ...

REACH 2018 web pages unveiled

by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  (Oct. 13, 2014)

ECHA urges all companies to start preparing now for the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018. To support this, ECHA has published new web pages with improved access to relevant information. This registration deadline concerns substances manufactured or imported in low volumes, 1 to 100 tonnes per year. ECHA has consulted its stakeholders ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 Fails to Ban Toxic Chemical in Flea Collars and Pet Products; Ignores Health Risks to Kids

by Natural Resources Defense Council  (Nov. 7, 2014)

In a major public health setback that will allow pet product companies to continue use of a hazardous neurotoxin called tetrachlovinphos (TCVP) in flea control products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today denied Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2009 petition seeking to cancel all pet uses of the toxic chemical TCVP because of ...

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