25 Years After Bhopal, U.S. Plant Still Using Same Toxic Chemical
Bhopal redux - the same risks remain
TSCA: EPA releases proposed chemical risk evaluation process under new TSCA
On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use. 82 Fed, Reg. 7562. The process would not consider costs or other non-risk factors. Risk evaluation is the second step, after prioritization, in a new process of existing...
EPA Proposes Procedures to Prioritize Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on January 17, 2017, procedures to establish the risk-based screening process and criteria that EPA will use to identify chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as either High-Priority Substancesfor risk evaluation, or Low-Priority Substances for which risk evaluations are not warranted at the time. 82 Fed. Reg. 4825. The proposed rule describes the processes for identifying potential candidates for prioritization, selecting a...
ACC Comments on EPA Proposed Rules for Prioritization and Risk Evaluation under Lautenberg Act
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rules for Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals and Risk Evaluation as required by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: "We commend EPA on the release of the proposed rules for prioritization and risk evaluation, two critical elements of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA). Importantly, the release keeps EPA on schedule for...
Preventing Occupational and Community Exposure Risks to Cadmium
Cadmium is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust and is an important metal in the production of nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries. It is also used as a sacrificial corrosion-protection coating for iron and steel, and is used in various alloys, solar cells, plastic stabilizers and pigments. According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimate, some 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium in the United States alone. The agency reports that worker...
Australian Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals Addresses Nanomaterials
On November 24, 2016, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy began a public consultation on the Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals and a supporting Draft Explanatory Document. According to the Department, the primary purpose of the papers is to outline the design and operation of the National Standard. The Draft National Standard contains risk management measures applicable for each Environment Schedule under the Standard. The Draft Explanatory...