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  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. A rule to take effect in ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA publishes rule to improve reporting of chemical information

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is increasing the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers, allowing the Agency to better identify and manage potential risks to Americans’ health and the environment. The improved rule, known as the chemical data reporting Rule (CDR), also requires that companies submit the information ...

  • Proposed rules on chemicals of concern, chemical identity pulled from OMB Review

    The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have established a chemicals of concern list and another proposed rule that would have required manufacturers to disclose the identity of chemicals they would like to make or sell in the United States. EPA withdrew the proposed rules from the Office of Management and Budget, where they were under review, because the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Chemical Safety Software releases EMS 4.0

    Chemical Safety Software has announced the release of version 4.0, of its industry-leading Environmental Management Systems (EMS) software.  Version 4.0 includes regulatory enhancements, multi-lingual capabilities and improved navigability. “All new releases are exciting, but 4.0 has some real game-changers,” said Robert Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing at Chemical Safety.  “The ...


    By Chemical Safety Software

  • EPA proposes rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed rule to require electronic reporting for certain information submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).The action is an important milestone in the agency’s effort to increase transparency and public access to chemical information in order to help Americans protect their health and ...

  • Rules proposed to limit new uses of potentially harmful chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Over the years, these chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, flame ...

  • Reality Bites: EPA Withdraws Two Draft Chemical Rules

    In an article published September 11, 2013, in Environmental Leader, Lynn L. Bergeson explored the implications of a recent EPA action: "The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently withdrew two draft regulations intended to enhance chemical oversight. Both initiatives had been languishing at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for years, long overstaying their customary (and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Reality Bites: EPA Withdraws Two Draft Chemical Rules

    In an article published September 11, 2013, in Environmental Leader, Lynn L. Bergeson explored the implications of a recent EPA action: "The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently withdrew two draft regulations intended to enhance chemical oversight. Both initiatives had been languishing at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for years, long overstaying their customary (and ...


    By Acta Group

  • New produce safety rules aim to prevent illness outbreaks

    The Obama administration wants you to eat your fruits and vegetables. They also want the produce to be safe. Long-awaited rules announced by the Food and Drug Administration Friday are designed to help prevent large-scale, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness like those linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods over the last decade. That means making sure workers are ...


    By Associated Press

  • Commission strengthens legislation on safety at European chemical plants

    The European Commission today presented draft legislation to strengthen rules on the control of major accident hazards involving chemicals. The revision of the so-called Seveso II Directive will align the legislation to changes in EU chemicals law and will clarify and update other provisions. This includes introducing stricter inspection standards and improving the level and quality of ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • BP Slide Rules

    International energy giants, BP have teamed up with IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) to publish two slide rules, designed to help with the estimation of foam application rates and thereby reduce the dangers of tank fires. Covering both metric (SI) and imperial units (US), the rules are ideal for tank designers, fire-fighters and fire brigade officers. The rules are part of BP and ...

  • Chemical security

    The slow implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in the USA as part of homeland security and anti-terrorism measures is leaving chemical plants vulnerable and putting at risk the safety of American citizens, according to research published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures. Maria Rooijakkers and Abdul-Akeem Sadiq of the School of Public and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Court: Chemical Safety Board can investigate offshore spills

    In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate the causes of offshore oil spills. The board has been looking into the catastrophic blowout of a BP PLC well five years ago in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill. The ruling - ...


    By Associated Press

  • Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group Issues Report Summarizing Progress on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

    In April 2013, an explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killing 15. In response to this and other recent catastrophic and fatal incidents at chemical facilities, President Obama on August 1, 2013, issued Executive Order ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group Issues Report Summarizing Progress on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

    In April 2013, an explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killing 15. In response to this and other recent catastrophic and fatal incidents at chemical facilities, President Obama on August 1, 2013, issued Executive Order ...


    By Acta Group

  • Predictions for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Beyond

    The Acta Group, L.L.C.'s (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2012 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). The 2012 Presidential Election cycle will influence any activity by either party or the Administration over the next year. We also offer a few thoughts on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization ...


    By Acta Group

  • EPA Won’t Issue Fourth Rule to Obtain Data on High Production Volume Chemicals

    The Environmental Protection Agency won't issue a fourth regulation requiring basic human health and environmental toxicity and physical-chemical data on high production volume (HPV) chemicals. Obtaining and reviewing basic physical-chemical data along with human health and environmental toxicity data on the high production volume chemicals is a lower priority than are other efforts, the agency ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • European Chemicals Agency analyses socioeconomic impact of health & safety legislation

    The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) of ECHA met in Helsinki for the first time 2–3 April. This committee is responsible for preparing the opinions of the Agency relating to the socio-economic impact of possible legislative actions on chemical substances. The Committee discussed and agreed on its rules of procure. It also established a working group to look into methodology issues ...

  • EPA Releases List Of Chemicals Reported Under TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released a preliminary list of chemical substances reported under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule. This list – which was published on 22nd November 2017 – includes 10,730 substances which ...


    By UL - The WERCS

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