The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to expand the number of surface disinfectants approved for use against coronavirus, announcing the addition of 70 new products to the agency’s “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.”  This brings the total
Continue Reading EPA Expands List of Approved Coronavirus Disinfectants

The many U.S. companies that combust natural gas as part of their operations received good news today, as EPA announced that it will amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) “Fees Rule” to exclude from coverage manufacturers that only produce
Continue Reading EPA Announces Remedy to Overly Broad TSCA Fee Requirements, Including Relief for Natural Gas Combustion Operations

With the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, and as stories of hording Purell and antimicrobial wipes abound, this practitioner* has been inundated recently by questions — from clients, co-workers, family, and friends — about what products they can use to
Continue Reading Coronavirus: Does My Disinfectant Work Against the COVID-19 Pathogen?

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**)

On January 31st, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed amendments aimed at clarifying certain provisions of the Proposition 65 warning regulations governing internet, electronic, and catalog sales.  The proposal comes in response to ongoing questions about
Continue Reading California Proposes to Clarify Prop 65 Requirements for Internet and Electronic Sales

On January 14, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a final rule aimed at clarifying the regulations governing retailer and supply chain responsibility for providing warnings under Proposition 65.  These provisions (found in Section 25600.2 of Article
Continue Reading California Finalizes Clarifications to Retailer/Supply Chain Prop 65 Warning Provisions

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has finalized the listing of “cannabis (marijuana) smoke” and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as reproductive toxins under Proposition 65.

The listings are effective as of January 3, 2020.  Under Prop 65, enforcement of the
Continue Reading ** UPDATE ** California Adds Cannabis Smoke and THC to Prop 65 List

As of January 1, cleaning products sold in California must comply with the website disclosure requirements of the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.  By New Year’s Day, manufacturers (broadly defined to include retailers and distributors of
Continue Reading Ring in the New Year with California’s Cleaning Product Disclosure Requirements