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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.

New Chemicals under Prop 65

For those of you who have to do Prop 65 labeling - there are 12 new chemicals that have to be included:

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

Case Study - Toxic Substance Control Act

For many professions who deal with government regulations, there is an understanding that the regulations are an attempt to codify the intent of the underlying Act. We get so focused on day-to-day compliance, the underlying regulation may be forgotten or poorly understood.  Just how often does someone download or search out the Act as passed by Congress?  So, lets look at theToxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Here are the Policy and Intent portions of the regulation:
It is the policy of the United States that—

Hot Topics – Chemical Inventory aka Chemical Management

In the world of environmental regulation, there are few things more mundane that the thought of the chemical inventory.  While the concept is fairly simple, i.e. there should be a listing of the amounts and location of the chemicals that are maintained on-site.  The reality is quite different.  Even a facility as simple as a pipeline terminal can have multiple chemicals on-site in containers ranging from small bottles of white board cleaner to the storage tanks that can be seen from the highway.
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