Entries by Russell Marks

EPA Proposes to Request Unpublished Studies for 16 Chemicals

On March 26, 2024, EPA published a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of sixteen chemical substances to submit a wide breadth of unpublished studies to the Agency. If finalized, the rule would amend the list of chemicals subject to health and safety reporting located at 40 CFR 716.120 by adding the following: 4,4-Methylene bis(2-chloraniline) […]

PEER and CEH Request Court Injunction Against EPA

On February 15, 2024, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) filed a lawsuit against EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stating that EPA failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The two nonprofit environmental groups said in their […]

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Colgate Toothpaste Greenwashing Case

A suit alleging that the Colgate-Palmolive Company (“Colgate”) misrepresented toothpaste tubes as recyclable will be allowed to proceed, the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on February 6, 2024. The case, Della v. Colgate-Palmolive Company, 2024 WL 457798, concerns recycling claims featured by the company’s Colgate and Tom’s of Maine-branded toothpaste […]

EPA Proposes to Revoke Approval of PTFE Use in Pesticide Products

On February 28, 2024, EPA released a proposed rule to remove polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE; CASRN 9002-84-0) from the list of approved inert ingredients for pesticide products. PTFE, also known by the brand name Teflon, is a PFAS chemical that is currently approved for use in food and nonfood pesticide products.  No currently registered pesticide products use […]

Consent Agreement Reached in Ultium Cells and General Motors TSCA Enforcement Action

The U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board ratified a consent agreement for EPA’s TSCA enforcement action against Ultium Cells and General Motors Company on November 20, 2023. In February 2023, Ultium Cells and General Motors Company (collectively referred to as Respondents), voluntarily disclosed potential TSCA violations to the Agency under EPA’s Incentives for Self-Policing: Discover, Disclosure, […]

Summary Judgment Denied in “Krud Kutter” Greenwashing Class Suit

A class action suit alleging that Rust-Oleum Corporation mislabeled products as “non-toxic” and “Earth friendly” can go to trial, the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on January 26, 2024. The case, Bush v. Rust-Oleum Corp, No. 3:20-cv-03268, concerns the environmental claims made on the labels of Rust-Oleum’s “Krud Kutter” cleaning […]

Oral Arguments in Case Challenging TSCA Test Order

On December 1, 2023, a panel of the DC Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Vinyl Institute v EPA.  The case marks the first legal challenge of EPA’s authority to administer Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 4 test orders since Congress granted EPA the authority in the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments. The case revolves around […]

EPA Proposes to Revise Rules for PBTs DecaDBE and PIP (3:1)

On November 24, 2023, EPA released a proposed rule to revise the final rules for decabromodiphenyl ether (“decaBDE”) and phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (“PIP (3:1)”), two persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances (PBTs) subject to regulation under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Section 6(h) of TSCA (as amended by the Lautenberg Amendments […]

EPA Releases Draft Supplement for 1,4-Dioxane

In July 2023, EPA announced the release of a draft supplement to the Risk Evaluation for 1,4-dioxane for public comment and peer review.  1,4-dioxane is solvent used to manufacture other chemicals such as adhesives and sealants.  It is also used as a processing aid and laboratory chemical. In addition, some manufacturing processes, such as the […]

Minnesota Law Expanding Standards for Compostable Food Packaging

This May the Minnesota state legislature amended the Standards for Labeling Plastic Bags. The law which previously was limited to plastic bags will now cover food and beverage products and other food packaging. Products subject to the law include any product used to wrap, package, contain, store, prepare or consume a food or beverage. Additionally, […]