The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has remained largely unchanged since its enactment in 1976. After years of failed efforts to revise TSCA, and with the help of a motivated Democratic-lead Congress, TSCA legislative reform was off to a brisk start in 2009-2010, during which time over a dozen hearings were convened on how to improve the law. The momentum has slowed considerably since the mid-term elections and, as discussed below, meaningful action this term is far from certain. Some think Congressional inaction is the preferred outcome. Others, however, are increasingly alarmed by the number of state chemical control laws and private-sector retail initiatives that are filling the void. This column reviews the prospects for TSCA reform, and what Congressional inaction may mean for the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) member companies.
Final TSCA reporting and recordkeeping rule for nanoscale materials available
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register a Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. According to a pre-publication version of the final rule, manufacturers and processers, or persons who intend to manufacture or process these chemical substances must report certain information...
“‘The New TSCA’—What You Need To Know” Webinar 3—Inventory, CDR, And CBI (Sections 8 & 14)
Monday, September 12, 20168:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time Register Today Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Chemical Watch have collaborated to present a series of complimentary webinars on the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Webinar 3 -- Inventory, CDR, and CBI will cover: Section 8 Reporting and Retention of Information Small Manufacturer Definition;...
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...
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...
Seeking Guidance on TSCA Section 8C
Challenge A manufacturer of wood treatment chemicals became concerned with potential adverse chemical reactions to pressure treated wood. Although no formal letters or reports of such reactions had been reported to the EPA, the client became worried about how such reactions could impact business. Solution In response to the client’s request, Antea Group reviewed TSCA Section 8(c) regulation [40 CFR 717] and performed an extensive risk evaluation to determine potential actions and/or reporting that may be...