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

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

Earlier this week, EPA issued another “stop sale” order to Amazon directing the company to take steps to prevent the continued sale “of potentially dangerous or ineffective unregistered pesticides and pesticide devices making illegal and misleading claims, including multiple products
Continue Reading EPA Extends Coronavirus Enforcement Against On-Line Sales of Unregistered Disinfectants

One of the few areas of EPA policy continuity between the Biden and Trump eras is the aggressive enforcement attention being paid to products that claim to fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

While EPA has long prioritized enforcement of the
Continue Reading Biden EPA Continues Aggressive Enforcement Against Disinfectant Products and UV Devices Claiming to Kill Coronavirus

For years, EPA has asserted broad authority to regulate products that are labeled or marketed with express or implied pesticidal (including antimicrobial) claims.  During the current pandemic, that authority has been exercised aggressively, particularly against products, many of which are
Continue Reading Cleaning Product Enforcement Challenge Highlights Reach of EPA’s Antimicrobial Regulatory Authority

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

As part of the agency’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, EPA has issued new interim guidance outlining the path for expedited approval of products that demonstrate the ability to provide durable residual antimicrobial activity of hard surfaces.  Specifically, the
Continue Reading EPA Establishes New Expedited Approval Pathways for Long-Lasting Residual Antimicrobial Products

Today, EPA announced that it has issued the first ever emergency use exemption for a “long-lasting” anti-viral coating.  The exemption was granted upon request by the state of Texas to permit use of the coating at American Airlines airport facilities
Continue Reading EPA Approves First “Long-Lasting Anti-Viral” for Emergency Use to Fight Coronavirus