On January 12, 2016, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Danish EPA) posted a report entitled Assessment of the administrative burdens on businesses with a reporting obligation to the Danish Nanoproductregister. Danish EPA estimated the administrative burden of businesses reporting to the Danish nano product register using the standard cost method. According to Danish EPA, interviews with companies and industry associations contributed to estimates for the measurement of administrative burdens, and provided input to the evaluation of corporate barriers experienced by the first submitters to the register. Danish EPA states that the interviews also contributed “to the experience and learning inputs relative to improvement opportunities and other models for mapping and provision of knowledge about nanomaterials in products.”
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EPA Signs Final RFS Requirements
On November 23, 2016, EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the final rule on the RFS volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018. This final rule will increase the renewable fuel volume requirements as reported in the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) post “EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements.” The proposed volume requirements are: Cellulosic biofuel, from 230 million gallons in 2016 to 311 million gallons in 2017; Advanced biofuel,...
Results of EPA OIG’s Review of EPA’s Antimicrobial Testing Program
On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report, EPA Needs a Risk-Based Strategy to Assure Continued Effectiveness of Hospital-Level Disinfectants, the result of OIG’s review of EPA’s Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) to “determine whether the program ensures the efficacy of EPA-registered hospital sterilants, disinfectants, and tuberculocides (“hospital-level disinfectants”); and to evaluate options...
U.S. EPA approves first enzymatic method for SDWA reporting of nitrate
The US Environmental Protection Agency periodically updates methods laboratories can use for protecting the quality of the nation`s drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act office of the EPA published its list of Alternate Test Protocols (ATP) in the Federal Register in July 2016. The list includes NECi Superior Enzymes` enzyme-based nitrate test method. NECi/SE, a small biotechnology firm in Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, applies biotechnology to develop safer methods for measuring the pollutants in our environmen...
Chemical Reporting and 2016 requirements
The EPA views the laws as a major victory for chemical safety, public health and the environment. The EPA altered the CBI certification statement for 2016 CDR submission, to be consistent with the new laws requirements. In addition the EPA is updating the guidance, instructions, and informational documents to be consistent with the new language. Manufactures and importers are required to give the EPA information on the chemicals they manufacture domestically or import into the United States. The EPA uses the data...
What Does The Loss Of “Green Chemistry” Provision From Amended TSCA Mean For Biochemicals?
On July 15, 2016, Environmental Leader published "What Does the Loss of `Green Chemistry` Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?," featuring comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®). Ms. Bergeson expanded on a previous blog post titled "Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform," stating: "While regrettable, the absence of the green chemistry...