On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including several biobased chemical substances. The rulemaking under Section 5, known as a significant new use rule or SNUR, requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 25 chemical substances for an activity that is designated in the SNUR as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification provides EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. The rule will be effective July 7, 2015.
How to prepare for a chemical attack
It is a shocking and sad reality that chemical attacks are happening in the world today. The threats continue to rise as global tensions become greater. It can only be a good thing to be prepared if one was to occur in your area. The first step in preparation is to understand more about what chemical attacks are. What are chemical attacks? Chemical attacks involve using toxic chemicals as a weapon. They can even be considered weapons of mass destruction. Although the outcomes can be deadly, chemical attacks are...
Chemicals hampering our ability to have children
If you’re of that age when everyone around you seems to be popping out a new edition to the family, you may also have noticed a disturbing trend; many young couples are also having difficulty conceiving. Yes, we are waiting longer to have children these days, but what if other factors are at work as well? What if the air we breathe and the chemicals we come into contact with every day are affecting our ability to conceive? A group of the world’s leading scientists say that’s exactly what’s...
California Demands Disclosure of Chemicals in Cleaning Products
California Becomes First US State to Require Manufacturers of Designated Cleaning Products to Disclose Hazardous Chemicals on Labels and Online On 15 October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB-258 or Act). This Act makes California the first state to require manufacturers of designated cleaning products used by millions of consumers and workers to list known hazardous chemical ingredients both on labels and online. The Act prohibits the sale in California of a...
Effective Protection or Cost Driven Safety?
Operators of a system that has been running safely for many years are sometimes ruluctant to change that system. However, reagrding safety and, more importantly, upgrading of their safety systems, they should not be complacent. Especially with regard to explosion protection, it is necessary that the protective measures be examined regularly and be adapted to the latest state of technology. This does not always result in higher costs. On the contrary, this frequently involves a process improvement at minimal...
Safety vs. Environment Protection: Study Discovers Increasing Salt Levels in Lakes
A recent study published by the US-American National Academy of Sciences revealed an increasing salt amount in form of chloride in rural and urban freshwater lakes around the American continent. The scientists believe, that mainly road salt distributed on icy roadways is to blame. Increasing salt levels threaten eco systems Road de-icing salt is blamed for rising salt levels in freshwater lakes. This was uncovered by a study of the National Academy of Sciences carried out for the last one and a half year. In...