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 […]
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Earlier this year, the US Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit ordered EPA to provide documentation regarding the Agency’s decision to order DuPont De Nemours Inc. to provide information on GenX chemicals through two section 4 test orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). DuPont brought this case to challenge the testing requirements […]
On April 26, 2023, EPA announced that the Agency has taken the first federal Clean Water Act enforcement action for PFAS discharges. The Agency ordered Chemours Company to follow corrective measures relating to exceedances of the limits set for per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in stormwater and wastewater discharges from the Washington Works facility in […]
EPA uses ChemView as a means for the public to access information about chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The web application allows searches for information such as volumes reported to the Chemical Data Reporting Rule, Premanufacture Notification determinations, section 5(e) consent orders, health and safety studies submitted under section 8(d) and section […]
Late last year, EPA published receipt of initial pesticide petitions filed regarding residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities by representatives of RRStewart Consulting, LLC, Delta Analytical Corporation on behalf of Borchers Americas, Inc., Crop Enhancement, Columbia River Carbonates, BASF Corporation, American Spice Trade Association, and Interregional Research Project Number 4. EPA intends […]
Congress granted EPA new test order authority through the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In May 2022, EPA received its first legal challenge to this new authority from the Vinyl Institute. The Vinyl Institute is a coalition of seven companies which manufacture a solvent, 1,1,2-trichloroethane, that EPA listed as a […]
On September 8, 2022, EPA announced findings of the Agency’s evaluation of PFAS leaching in fluorinated containers. Specifically, the evaluation assessed the extent to which PFAS that are present in the packaging leach into the contents of the containers. The study tested the leaching potential of PFAS over a 20-week test period into water, methanol […]
In July 2022, EPA released a final rule adding five PFAS to the list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). TRI tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to […]
EPA is proposing to remove 12 PFAS substances from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products. Under EPA’s 2021 PFAS Strategic Roadmap the Agency is reviewing substances approved as inert ingredients in pesticides and potentially taking action to limit their use. Inert ingredients in pesticides serve to increase effectiveness and […]
CoverGirl Cosmetics and Coty Inc. are facing a class action lawsuit for marketing their TruBlend Pressed Powder as sustainable and safe while allegedly it contained PFAS. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. According to the complaint, independent lab testing found that the product contained increased fluorine […]
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