EPA has agreed, in a draft settlement, to conduct a rulemaking regarding the establishment of regulations to address potential “worst case” spills of hazardous substances similar to the existing “Facility Response Plan” (FRP) program for oil.  In a consent decree
Continue Reading EPA Consent Agreement Sets Schedule for Hazardous Substance Spill Response Rulemaking (**Updated**)

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) announced last week that it will not begin enforcement of the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program until January 2, 2020.  Previously, NYDEC had delayed enforcement until October 2 for compliance with
Continue Reading New York Further Delays Enforcement of Cleaning Product Disclosure Program

** UPDATE 8/29/2018 ** NTP just released a draft report recommending that “frequent and long term night shift work … that causes circadian disruption is known to be a human carcinogen” based on human studies. 
Continue Reading This is Not a Dream … Agencies Actually are Reviewing the Cancer Risks of Night Shift Work (UPDATED)

The European Union (EU) is about to dramatically expand the reach of mandatory chemical disclosure requirements for consumer products.  The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced recently that it is preparing to launch, by the end of 2019, a new database
Continue Reading Reach of Consumer Product Chemical Disclosures Set to Expand Significantly with Launch of New EU Database

Reversing course from an Obama-era EPA agreement to initiate a rulemaking to impose spill prevention, countermeasure and control (SPCC) requirements for hazardous substances, EPA announced on June 19th that it believes that existing regulations are adequate to meet its obligations
Continue Reading EPA Proposes Tanking New “SPCC” for Hazardous Substances Regulation