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  • EPA changes chemical risk assessment process

    The US EPA says it is expanding the process for recommending that a chemical be assessed for risk of harm to human health or the environment, 'to increase its transparency and efficiency.' But the senator who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the changes really put the risk assessment process directly under the control of the White House. 'In my judgment, these changes ...

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Chemical Risk Assessment

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Acta Group

  • House subcommittee to hold hearing on chemical risk assessment

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We understand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process will be a subject of ...


    By Acta Group

  • Chemicals risk assessment: evidence-evaluation methods analysed for nine EU regulations

    The use of two methods to systematise evidence-evaluation methods is reviewed in nine EU regulations dealing with chemicals risk assessment. The majority of frameworks were found to promote the use of ‘weight of evidence’ or ‘systematic review’-style approaches, but the study found a lack of structured, consistent and detailed guidance for these approaches. The researchers ...

  • EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment for Chemical used for Paint and Coating Removal

    Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. “By completing this assessment, we have taken an important step in protecting pregnant women ...

  • Chemicals risk assessment: Baltic study recommends more monitoring of emerging pollutants

    Chemicals are everywhere and new substances are regularly being introduced to the market. However, only some pose a risk to the environment. How do we decide which of them to monitor? A new study using a database of chemicals found in fish in the Baltic Sea has assessed which chemicals are commonly monitored. The researchers suggest that monitoring is biased towards known, already regulated ...

  • EPA Releases Final Risk Assessments for Three TSCA Work Plan Chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on August 28, 2014, final risk assessments for three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan chemicals -- methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[γ]-2-benzopyran (HHCB). The much anticipated release of these assessments marks a real ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • More high risk chemicals identified

    The fifth batch of chemical substances recognized under the Chemicals Management Plan as having potential risks to human health have been announced by the federal government. The announcement, jointly made by Health Minister Tony Clement and Environment Minister John Baird, was accompanied by a notice in the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA Releases three final Chemical Risk Assessments / Agency identifies health concern from chemical used in paint strippers

    Today, EPA released three final risk assessments for specific uses of three chemicals found in common household products. The risk assessment for Dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in paint stripping products, indicates health risks to both workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used. EPA estimates that more than 230,000 ...

  • Workshop on soil risk assessment - material available

    ECHA and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) hosted a scientific workshop on soil risk assessment on 7 and 8 October. The event focused on the safe use of industrial chemicals, biocides and pesticides, aiming to prevent soil contamination. Over 200 participants representing academia, industry, regulators and stakeholders discussed assessing the risks of chemical substances in ...

  • EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

    Today (June 25, 2014), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The assessment identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain removing agent in dry ...

  • EPA releases public database on risk assessments

    EPA is releasing the Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database, a milestone in transparency.  HERO provides access to the scientific studies used in making key regulatory decisions, including EPA’s periodic review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six major pollutants.  It is part of the open government directive to conduct business with ...

  • Bisphenol A: EFSA consults on assessment of risks to human health

    EFSA is launching a public consultation on its draft assessment of the human health risks posed by exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). The Authority has undertaken a comprehensive review of scientific literature and previous risk assessments from expert bodies on BPA. All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to comment on the document through an online public consultation that runs until ...


    By European Commission

  • Syngenta scientist outlines new risk-assessment approach

     Speaking to scientists at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) FutureTox MeetingOct. 18 in Washington, D.C., Syngenta Principal ...


    By Syngenta

  • WHO warns of growing chemical risks to developing world

    The World Health Organisation says the growing dangers posed by chemical use in developing countries are putting worsening strain on health professionals. In a paper submitted to ICCM2, the second International Conference on Chemicals Management, the WHO says: 'The health sector is faced with additional roles and responsibilities due to increased production and use of chemicals in developing ...

  • EPA Announces Chemicals for Risk Assessment in 2013, Focus on Widely Used Flame Retardants

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk ...

  • Additional substances assessed under the chemicals management plan

    The Government of Canada has released the final screening assessment reports, and, where applicable, the proposed risk management approach documents for 14 substances assessed in Batch 7 of the Chemicals Management Plan. 'Canada continues to be at the forefront of chemicals management,' said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. 'These latest assessment reports and proposed risk management approach ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ECHA publishes concise guidance on chemical safety assessment

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced the availability of its Guidance in a Nutshell: Chemical Safety Assessment, which is intended to assist industry in understanding the general provisions for conducting a Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA). ECHA states that the Guidance is aimed at non-experts who would like to understand the legal requirements under the Registration, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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