25 Years After Bhopal, U.S. Plant Still Using Same Toxic Chemical
Bhopal redux - the same risks remain
Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Methylene Chloride
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the chemical compound is used in various industrial processes, in numerous industries. These include paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. The most common occupational route of exposure to methylene chloride is through inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA...
Residential and Occupational Exposure Risks to Solvents in Puerto Rico
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis. The agency goes on to state that solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group. In addition, many solvent groups or individual substances have special properties requiring more specialized control measures. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes...
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...