Entries by aneumann

Environmental Groups Request EPA Require TRI Reporting for Waste Incinerators

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (“PEER”) and the Energy Justice Network recently filed a with EPA requesting that the Agency require companies to disclose the chemicals discharged from waste incinerators and facilities that recycle plastics (“advanced recycling facilities”). Currently, none of the approximately 400 incinerators and advanced recycling facilities throughout the nation are required to […]

Keurig Reaches $10M Settlement in False Advertising “Recyclable” Class Action

Keurig has reached a $10 million settlement in a class action lawsuit. The case filed in 2018, Smith v. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., alleged the company falsely advertised its K-Cups as recyclable. The lawsuit claimed violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the fraudulent, unlawful, and unfair prongs of the California Unfair Competition Law, […]

EPA Takes Action Against Denka for Air Pollution

On March 20, 2023, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), on behalf of EPA, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”), asking the federal district court for the eastern district of Louisiana to order Denka Performance Elastomer LLC (“Denka”) to immediately reduce chloroprene emissions from its neoprene manufacturing facility in […]

EPA Releasing Additional Data on the Ongoing Uses of Chrysotile Asbestos

On March 17, 2023, EPA released additional data for public comment related to the proposed risk management rule for chrysotile asbestos. The proposed rule, introduced in April 2022, aims to prohibit the ongoing use of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States, chrysotile asbestos. The Agency claims that if implemented, […]

EPA Proposes PFAS Drinking Water Standard

On March 14, EPA released a proposed rule establishing national drinking water standards for PFAS. The proposed rule is part of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. It seeks to regulate PFOA and PFOS as individual contaminants and four additional PFAS (PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS, and GenX chemicals) as mixtures. EPA intends to regulate PFOA and PFOS […]

Study Finds Roundup Cancer Risk Isn’t from Active Ingredient Glyphosate

A newly released study has found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may not be directly responsible for the increased risk of cancer that has been associated with the weedkiller. The study was conducted by a team of federal and private sector researchers who tested glyphosate and herbicide mixtures using glyphosate on human B-lymphoblastoid […]

Coca-Cola Wins Greenwashing Case

The DC Superior Court has granted Coca-Cola Company’s motion to dismiss a 2021 lawsuit filed against it for false and deceptive marketing practices. Plaintiffs argued that the company had falsely represented itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company. The 2021 Complaint alleged that Coca-Cola’s representations violate the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act […]

EPA Finds TCE as a Whole Chemical Substance an Unreasonable Risk to Human Health

Earlier this year, EPA announced the final revision to the risk determination for trichloroethylene (TCE) risk evaluation issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”). EPA found that TCE presents unreasonable risks to the health of workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders. The risks identified include adverse human health effects unrelated to cancer, such as […]

ECOSChem Releases Sustainable Chemistry Report

The Expert Committee on Sustainable Chemistry (ECOSChem) has released a report, Definition and Criteria for Sustainable Chemistry, which serves to provide a clear and actionable definition and set of criteria for sustainable chemistry. ECOSChem has aspirations that this definition and set of criteria will be adopted and adapted for uses such as policymaking, education, and […]

PFAS Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Colgate-Palmolive and Tom’s of Maine

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Colgate-Palmolive Company and Tom’s of Maine after Plaintiffs discovered that Tom’s Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash contains PFAS. (Tom’s of Maine is a majority-owned subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive.) The complaint alleges that the companies are violating California’s False Advertising Law, California’s Unfair Competition Law, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud […]