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TSCA Time

2016 is a Chemical Data Reporting Year!  On June 1 - EPA will be presenting a Webinar on the current reporting tool (more information can be found on the EPA website here.)

In addition, it appears that the conference committee has reached an agreement on TSCA Reform.  And, we should see movement soon.  You can find out more by going to the American Chemistry Council page announcing the agreement.

It is time to start watching - S697

After several years of hearing that it is coming, it appears it is finally happening.  There has been a move afoot to "modernize" the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Over time there has been a bill that has been introduced and then never acted upon.  However, this session of Congress appears to be moving this one along.

It seems that Senate Bill 697 (S697) has become the consensus leader in the pursuit of action. And, so far seems to be moving at a rapid pace.  This Bill - the "Frank R.

The Chemical Safety Board & the Chevron Refinery Incident

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) had released its final report on the Chevron Refinery Incident that occurred on August 6, 2012.  (The final report can be foundhere.)  Additionally, the CSB has issued some recommendations regarding how refineries should be regulated.  (See the CSBpress release) At issue is the process safety management (PSM) program and how it is managed.  Today the CSB sees PSM as primarily reactive rather than a proactive adapted program. 

PSM and other regulations such as the SARA Community Right to Know have been under a great deal of scrutiny of late due to incidents like this one and the one that occurred in West, TX.

OSHA Announces a New Chemical Exposure Initiative

You might have missed it given all of the various news items about Ebola and what is happening with the Center for Disease Control - but OSHA has announced a new initiative regarding the evaluation of permissible exposure limits (PELs) in the work place.  

According to the OSHA'spress release, over 95% of the current OSHA PEL's have not been updated since the initial acceptance of the PEL in 1971.  Additionally, the current list covers fewer than 500 chemicals. On October 10, a Request for Information was published in the

Need a detailed look at the Proposed Refinery Air Rule?

October 28, is the current deadline for comments to the Proposed Refinery Air Regulations.  You can find a copy of the rule making and supporting information on EPA's website. This site has links to all the petroleum refinery air regulations as well as information about the current rule making.  If you want to get an overview of some of the critical portions of the rule - Check out this month's cover story in Pollution Engineering.

Washington is back from August Vacations

From the Hill (click here for the article):

There are two items of interest - one related to Hazardous Materials Pipeline emergency response and the other for 36 new Significant New Use Rules under TSCA.  These are scheduled for the Sept. 2, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.

House Passes Chemical Facility Security Bill

From The Hill - The House of Representatives passed a bill by a voice vote that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish standard protecting chemical facilities from terrorism.

This Bill - the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) has been in discussion for some time and the action today was to "recodify/reauthorize the CFATS program" . The text of the bill can be found here

TSCA - CDR New Information

For those of us that have been around awhile - there once was a thing called the TSCA Inventory, the Toxic Substance Control Act.  Today, the inventory still exists but the historic TSCA Inventory Update reporting is now under "New Management" the CDR - the Chemical Data Reporting.  CDR reporting began in 2006 and included more than just manufacturing quantities.  Today's CDR includes chemical use information as well as screening-level, and exposure-level information and to make that information Public.

Need Chemical Information for the Public?

For those of us that work in the chemical enterprise, we are usually faced with skepticism when discussing chemical related  information.  Think about it - have you ever tried to explain what goes into the prices of a gallon of gasoline?  Or, why  solar energy is not being used at the level that the general public thinks it should be?  

For those who are not engaged in the chemical enterprise, there is always the underlying suspicion that "the oil companies are hiding these great ideas because it won't make them any money", or "they aren't telling us the truth because it would hurt profits", or "you are just saying that because you work for so-and-so company.

It appears to be coming - Release of Refinery Regulations

From the EPA today "EPA Proposes Updates to Emissions Standards for Refineries to Protect Nearby Neighborhoods/Proposed steps will protect public health and improve air quality."

The proposal can be found - http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/petref.html
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