In response to concerns expressed by diverse stakeholders over the final draft of its Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has delayed implementation of the regulations, which focus on chemicals and chemical ingredients in consumer products. The net effect of this recent development on the regulation of chemical substances in consumer products in California is uncertain. This column discusses the recent change in plans and its implications for the chemical community.
New California Regulations Pose Challenges and Potential Economic Benefits for Industrial Facilities
States like California are well on their way to implementing laws, rules, and regulations that call for more community ambient air quality monitoring and greater transparency from the chemical industry. For instance, California Assembly Bill 617, signed into law this July, establishes a statewide air monitoring network and calls for greater community air quality monitoring in and around chemical facilities. At the same time Assembly Bill 1647, signed into law earlier this month, directs local air pollution...
Bioconservacion at the CEPSA Chemical Plant
CEPSA continues to trust in Bioconservacion solutions for the prevention of corrosion in electrical control rooms. In CEPSA`s different refineries we have already installed equipment to regulate corrosion and pressurisation in electrical rooms. We recently published an article on this subject on our blog; to read the article click here. On this occasion CEPSA`s chemical plant in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain) was the facility that needed an efficient solution to manage corrosion in its control rooms. The...
10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law
The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here`s what it does — and doesn’t — do. “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into law the bill that updates — for the first time in 40 years — the nation’s main chemical safety legislation. Called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to honor the late senator for whom this was a special cause, the law...
Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation
AUSTRALIA Australia Releases Third Consultation Paper Concerning NICNAS Reform: On April 29, 2016, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published the third consultation paper on its reform initiative. This consultation paper summarizes the main stakeholder comments on the second consultation paper, and builds on the themes in the second consultation paper to describe key changes to the reform proposals. The third consultation paper provides further details and addresses...
Standardized characterization procedures: a necessary support to regulations
Sustainable procedures for sludge/biosolids management require the development of strategies to reduce the amount of sludge to be handled and to produce higher quality biosolids. Therefore, realistic and enforceable regulations adapted to local situations must be developed, defined outlet procedures established and good quality products guaranteed. To this end, the definition of standardized characterization procedures and guidelines for good practices becomes a necessary support to regulations. To contribute to...