On October 31, EPA published its final rule, Changes to Reporting Requirements for PFAS and to Supplier Notifications for Chemicals of Special Concern which modifies the requirements for TRI reporting. These new requirements take effect November 30, 2023, and will apply for the reporting year beginning January 1, 2024; first reports with these requirements will […]
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On October 12, 2023, EPA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on seeds (“treated seeds”) and paint (“treated paint”) treated with a pesticide that is registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (“treating pesticide”). Treated seeds and treated paints are currently exempted from FIFRA under the “treated articles and substances” exemption […]
On October 30, 2023, EPA published a proposed rule altering the procedures for chemical risk evaluations under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The proposed rule revises the existing 2017 framework, which was adopted one year after Congress passed amendments to TSCA requiring EPA to evaluate whether existing chemicals that have been […]
Verdant Law is pleased to report that Irene Hantman gave a presentation on EPA’s Audit Policy and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) audits on October 18 in Boston at PSX 2023. PSX is the Product Stewardship Society’s annual conference, and its website can be found here. Ms. Hantman serves on the Conference Planning Committee for […]
EPA has finalized its Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (“PFAS”) rule. The rule offers none of the customary TSCA reporting exemptions, such as the di minimus threshold exemption, article exemption, and research and development exemption. Although industry members voiced significant concerns over the proposed rule, the […]
In September 2023, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a three-page report detailing the recommendations it has previously made to government agencies for the purposes of “detecting, limiting exposure to, and treating PFAS contamination.” GAO describes the following recommendations it made to EPA, FDA, and Department of Defense (DOD), respectively: In September 2022, GAO recommended […]
On October 11, 2023, EPA announced a settlement with Slack Chemical Company, Inc. (“Slack”) following alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at two of the New York corporation’s facilities. The settlement includes a civil penalty of $231,300. Under Section 313 of EPCRA, owners or operators of certain facilities are required […]
On October 8, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he had vetoed three bills passed by California’s state legislature designed to restrict PFAS in certain consumer products. The three bills vetoed by Newsom are as follows: AB 727, which would have banned the manufacture and sale of cleaning products containing intentionally added PFAS or […]
Last month, EPA published a proposed rule that would amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to facilitate the addition of pollutants to the list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The proposed rule seeks to address applicability and compliance issues that EPA identified following the Agency’s […]
On August 9, 2023, EPA released a lengthy proposed rule revising the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR), which requires state, local, and some tribal agencies (“States”) to collect and report data on air pollutant emissions to EPA. Perhaps most importantly, the proposed rule would require the reporting of point source emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants […]
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