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09/08/2015

EPA's Proposed TSCA Rules for Nanoscale Materials

On April 6, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new reporting/recordkeeping rule regarding nanoscale materials that are already in commerce. If finalized, the rule will require companies that manufacture or process chemicals at the nanoscale level to electronically report to US EPA information about the materials' chemical identity, production volume, methods of manufacture and processing, uses, exposure, and release data and available health and safety data...

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09/01/2015

Know Your Safety Agency: The CSB

The US Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, or CSB, made headlines this year when its chairman resigned amid controversy. President Obama appointed, and the US Senate confirmed, a new chairperson in March. As the new Chair-former Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Vanessa Sutherland-begins her term, the time is right to ask: What exactly is the CSB, and what does it do?

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08/28/2015

EPA’s ‘Waters of the US’ Rule Blocked in 13 States

One day before EPA’s new “Waters of the US Rule” was set to take effect, a Federal judge has issued an injunction to block implementation of the new law in 13 US states...

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08/26/2015

EPA’s New Methane Emissions Rules for Oil and Gas

On August 18, 2015, US EPA proposed new standards under the Clean Air Act that aim to reduce methane and VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry. The long-term goal of the proposal is to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry sector by 40 to 45 percent (from 2012 levels) by 2025... 

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08/17/2015

Tianjin Disaster: How Prepared is the US Chemical Industry?

On August 12, 2015, in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, a warehouse owned by a logistics company suffered massive explosions and fires that killed at least one hundred people, injured hundreds more, and released toxic fumes into the air. Understandably, the explosion has raised concerns from regulators, industry, and citizens alike about chemical safety here in the United States...

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08/11/2015

How to Register Pesticides Under FIFRA

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), all new and existing "pesticide products" must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before they can be distributed in commerce in the United States. Through the registration process, EPA evaluates whether the pesticide, when used according to the manufacturer's directions, will pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment...

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08/06/2015

EPA Proposes More Training, Age Restrictions for Applying Certain Pesticides

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week proposed new certification, training, and age requirements for individuals who apply certain high-risk pesticides, called “restricted-use” pesticides. EPA regulates pesticide application under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)...

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08/03/2015

EPA Announces New Clean Power Plan

EPA today announced a finalized Clean Power Plan to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity-generating units (power plants), or EGUs, under the Clean Air Act §111(d). The new EPA rulemaking addresses CO2, which accounts for 82% of US GHG emissions. The plan aims to lower carbon pollution from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030...

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07/20/2015

TSCA e-Reporting Expands, Moves to Cloud

In a Direct Final Rule posted to the Federal Register today, US EPA is mandating the use of a new version of electronic reporting software (e-PMN) for businesses subject to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) §5 Premanufacture and Significant New Use Notifications and other chemical reporting requirements...

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07/17/2015

EPA Issues Guidance for RCRA Notifications Under 2015 DSW Rule

 
US EPA this week published guidance to help hazardous waste generators meet their RCRA notification requirements under the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule, in effect as of July 13, 2015. 
The 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule revised the exclusions from RCRA for recycled/recyclable hazardous secondary materials that were added to the hazardous waste regulations in 2008. The rule also adds requirements that generators and third-party recyclers must follow in order to qualify for regulatory relief...

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