On September 15, 2015, the EPA Inspector General (IG) released a report criticizing EPA's use of unverified pollution prevention data for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (PGCCA). The report, 'EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program Lacks Adequate Support and Transparency and Should Be Assessed for Continuation,' states that EPA does not verify the validity of the self-reported pollution prevention results of award applicants or differentiate between domestic and international pollution prevention. The IG states that self-reported data risk misrepresenting the true accomplishments and impacts of the award winners and that EPA should not use the self-reported data in its pollution prevention performance metrics until it is able to ensure data quality. In a September 16 story on the IG's report, Bloomberg BNA reported that 'EPA's chemical safety and pollution prevention office agreed with three of the inspector's recommendations including developing a process to track the long-term benefits of the innovations it recognizes. The office disagreed with the remaining six recommendations and provided examples of ways it said it already is meeting some of the report's goals, such as integrating the award program's activities to other pollution-prevention actions.'
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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...
Syngenta Settles with EPA on Alleged Label Violations
On September 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it settled an enforcement matter with Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC (Syngenta or Respondent) via a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) concerning EPA’s allegations that Syngenta violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and EPA’s Pesticide Container and Containment Rule (PCCR). The investigation took place over three years, starting in August 2012 and concluding in January 2015. The...
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...