Earlier this week, U.S. EPA released the agency’s 2020 TRI National Assessment Report, which includes data from first-time reports filed for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  In releasing the report, EPA indicated that it was concerned by “the seemingly limited
Continue Reading EPA Releases 2020 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Data, Plans to Eliminate De Minimis Exemption for PFAS

EPA released this past Friday the agency’s draft strategy for examining health and environmental risks in communities that reside near facilities that emit chemicals undergoing TSCA review.  The “fenceline communities screening strategy” is an initial and explicit injection of “environmental
Continue Reading EPA “Fenceline Communities Screening Strategy” Aims to Advance Environmental Justice Agenda

Almost a year after initially proposing revisions that would substantially curtail use of the popular “short form” warnings under Proposition 65 (see my prior blog post for more details), the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has
Continue Reading California Tweaks Proposed Revisions to Limit Use of Prop 65 “Short Form” Warnings (Updated)

As the U.S. EPA embarks on a full review of regulations addressing the sale, distribution and use of five “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic” (PBT) substances, the agency already is proposing to extend until 2024 the compliance date with the existing
Continue Reading EPA Proposes Extension Until 2024 for Compliance with Problematic PBT Rule

A coalition of environmental, food safety, and consumer health advocacy groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday to ban per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from food contact uses, and to “take aggressive action to protect consumers from
Continue Reading FDA Considers Petition to Ban PFAS Food Uses, As Companies Move Toward Phase-Out

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding three per-/poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of substances reportable under the agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting program.  Consistent with a recently leaked document highlighting priorities of the Office of Pollution
Continue Reading EPA Expands List of PFAS Subject to TRI Reporting

The new 2021-2023 strategic plan of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) floats a series of potential expanded reporting requirements under the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) and Environmental Protection and
Continue Reading EPA Considering Expanded TSCA CDR and TRI Reporting Requirements, Environmental Justice Analyses

Facing a massive uproar from industry groups and companies, late yesterday EPA put a hold on enforcement of a newly effective prohibition on one “PBT” chemical and announced a new comment period to re-examine the rules issued on January 6,
Continue Reading EPA Grants Temporary Reprieve to TSCA PBT Chemical Prohibition, Re-Opens Comment Period

Citing difficulties experienced by numerous submitters using EPA’s online reporting portal, the agency has extended the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) deadline for two months.

The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances listed on the TSCA Chemical
Continue Reading EPA Extends TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Deadline to January 29