EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of extension of the comment period for the draft guidance Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) 2017-XX: Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendment issued on September 6, 2017. 82 Fed. Reg. 46491. Comments now must be received by EPA on or before December 5, 2017. The notice states that it will “allow stakeholders additional time to submit comments on the proposed guidance.” Eleven comments were filed in the docket, most of which expressed significant concern with changes EPA is proposing, in addition to requesting an extension to the previous deadline which was set to end on October 6, 2017. EPA states that PR Notice 2017-XX will update and clarify “the scope of changes accepted by notification, … [Read more...] about Recent Federal Developments-November 16, 2017 TSCA/FIFRA
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FEDERAL ISSUES TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRIEPA Extends Comment Period On Proposed SNUR: On October 21, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has reopened the comment period on a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as requested by a commenter. 81 Fed. Reg. 72759. The proposed rule would amend the TSCA significant new use regulations to align them with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), as occasioned by OSHA’s March 2012 final rule modifying the HCS to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), changes to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) respirator certification requirements pertaining to respiratory protection of workers from exposure to chemicals. The … [Read more...] about Human Carcinogens, Antimicrobial Pesticides, Cross-State Air Pollution: Federal Law Updates for Chemical Law and Science
Federal IssuesTSCA Reform -- One Year Later: Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 27, 2017, for "TSCA Reform, One Year Later," a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), just over one year after it was signed into law. This event is free and open to the public. Speakers will discuss key components of the bipartisan legislation and will provide an overview of the current state of implementation. Afternoon breakout sessions will invite all participants to discuss ongoing law and policy issues.Speakers include:Hon. John Shimkus, U.S. Representative (R-IL)Bonnie Englebardt LautenbergLynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., Michael and Lori Milken Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health; … [Read more...] about Recent Federal Developments- June 2017: TSCA Reform; EPA To Delay Agricultural WPS Indefinitely; Food Contact Sanitizing Solutions Model; FDA Posts Updates On FSVP Final Rule Under FSMA; Regulatory Treatment Of Unlisted Chemicals
AUSTRALIANICNAS Releases New Tool For Categorizing Polymers: The June 7, 2016, issue of the NICNAS Bulletin includes an item announcing a new tool for polymers. The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) invites stakeholders to try the new polymer categorization tool, which NICNAS developed to help users understand how the health and environment hazards of polymers would be categorized in Australia under proposed NICNAS reforms. NICNAS states that the reforms "propose a more risk-based and proportionate approach to the regulation of new polymers, which aligns NICNAS requirements more closely with the regulatory schemes of Canada and the United States."Australia Publishes 18th Tranche of IMAP Assessments: NICNAS published for public comment the 18th tranche of human health and environmental assessments for chemicals identified as part of the Stage One implementation of the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritization (IMAP) Framework. NICNAS … [Read more...] about New Tool For Categorizing Polymers, Canada Announces Future CMP Activities, OECD, WTO: Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation July 12, 2016.
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEThe House and Senate have a full final week until the July 4 recess. The Senate is scheduled to address President Obama’s trade legislation, and the House will focus much of the week on environmental regulation challenges.After the House passed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled cloture votes on the fast track trade measure (H.R. 2146) as well as adjustment assistance for displaced workers (via an amendment to the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Generalized System of Preferences Bill, H.R. 1295) for June 23.The lower chamber plans to consider June 25 the $30.17 billion fiscal year 2016 Interior-Environment appropriations bill (H.R. 2822) that would reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding and prohibit several agency regulations via policy riders. See more information below. The House will consider June 24 a measure that would allow states to defer … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update for June 22, 2015