TSCA coverage highlights

As the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues to take shape, Chemical Watch will be providing insights on each phase of the implementation process and analysing the on-the-ground impacts as they unfold.

Passage of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016 updated the US's chemical regulatory scheme for the first time in close to 40 years. We are engaging with federal and state regulators, businesses and advocacy groups to bring you the latest news on what the new law means for the regulated community, and the key challenges being faced in bringing it into force. 

Regulatory reforms could pose ‘very real threat’ to TSCA implementation

18 January 2017 - Regulatory reform measures, passed by the US House of Representatives, could have a significant impact on the successful implementation of the new TSCA law, says an NGO which played a key role in developing the legislation... Read more 

EPA issues TSCA prioritisation, risk evaluation proposals

16 January 2017 - The US EPA has released two proposed rules laying out how it will prioritise substances and conduct risk evaluations under the new TSCA. The two 'framework' rules... Read more 

US EPA proposes prohibitions on methylene chloride, NMP

13 January 2017 -The US EPA has proposed prohibitions or restrictions on the use of the solvents methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint removal applications. Read more 

US EPA issues TSCA inventory reset proposal

13 January 2017 -The US EPA has issued a proposed rule setting out how it will designate substances as active or inactive on the TSCA inventory. Commonly referred to as the 'inventory reset' rule, it is the first of four framework rules the agency will issue for the newly reformed TSCA. Read more 

US EPA moves to ban additional use of TCE

12 January 2017 - The US EPA has proposed prohibiting the use of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapour degreasing applications. The move comes a month after the agency issued a separate proposal to prohibit its use as an aerosol degreaser and for spot... Read more 

Industry groups seek changes to TSCA new substance reviews

15 December 2016 - Industry groups have urged the EPA to reassess the changes it has made to the new chemicals programme as a result of TSCA reform. The call comes amid a slowdown in pre-manufacture notice (PMN) reviews...
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US EPA proposes first substance ban in 27 years

8 December 2016 - The US EPA has proposed a prohibition on the use of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) as an aerosol degreaser and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The move represents the EPA's first attempt to ban a substance...
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EPA names first ten chemicals for new TSCA evaluations

30 November 2016 - The US EPA has selected the first ten existing chemicals that will be subject to risk evaluation under the new TSCA.The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act required the agency to begin the evaluations for at least ten TSCA ...
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Senator Inhofe ‘confident’ in Trump administration to implement TSCA

14 November 2016 - Congressional leaders and stakeholders say President-elect Donald Trump's administration will not pose a threat to the implementation of the new TSCA law. 
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‘Major changes’ coming to TSCA enforcement, says EPA

10 November 2016 - There will be “major changes” to the EPA’s enforcement activities as a result of TSCA reform, according to remarks at the recent Chemical Watch regulatory summit from Greg Sullivan, acting director of EPA’s waste and chemical enforcement division.
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US EPA ‘very confident’ in meeting TSCA deadlines

2 November 2016 - The US EPA is “very confident” that it will be able to meet the tight deadlines under the new TSCA, according to remarks at last week’s Chemical Watch US Regulatory Summit from Wendy Cleland-Hamnett of the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). 
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TSCA: Rising to the challenge

November 2016 - At Chemical Watch’s recent Global Regulatory Summit in Washington, a panel of leading experts debated whether the intent of the new law will now finally come into play – as well as opportunities for cooperation. The senior EPA chemicals official, who is leading implementation of TSCA reform, said she hoped legal action was not inevitable under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA).
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No surprises in TSCA first ten substances, says EPA official

27 October 2016 - The substances the US EPA selects as the first ten subject to risk evaluation under the new TSCA should not come as a surprise, said Jeffrey Morris, deputy director for programmes at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). 
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Chemical notification process ‘very different’ under new TSCA

20 October 2016 - Bringing a new chemical to the market under the new TSCA will be a very different process to that which manufacturers have grown accustomed to, according to presentations this week at ChemCon The Americas 2016 in Toronto. 
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CBI claims must be limited under inventory reset rule, says EDF

17 October 2016 - As the US EPA develops a rule for a TSCA "inventory reset", NGO the Environmental Defense Fund has urged close examination of confidential business information (CBI) considerations.
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EPA names TSCA fast-tracked PBTs

12 October 2016 - The US EPA has named the persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances that will be subject to rapid risk management action, under the new TSCA.The agency will be taking action on the following...
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Consent orders for new chemicals on the rise under TSCA

12 October 2016 - A backlog of pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) and increasing number of TSCA consent orders could delay new products reaching the market, says the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (Socma).
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Prepare now for TSCA inventory reset, advise legal experts

29 September 2016 - Legal experts agree that now is the time for companies to begin investigating their chemical inventories and clearing up nomenclature issues, in preparation for the inventory reset that will take place under the new TSCA.
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Questions grow ahead of TSCA inventory 'reset'

26 September 2016 - Legal experts have raised questions about the "inventory reset" that will take place under the amended TSCA. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act requires the US EPA to set a rule outlining the process for designating substances on the TSCA inventory as 'active' and 'inactive' by June 2017.
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Stakeholders square off on codifying science criteria under TSCA

20 September 2016 - The extent to which the EPA codifies in rules the scientific criteria it will use to make prioritisation and risk evaluation decisions has divided stakeholders. 
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Fees under new TSCA must not 'deter innovation'

14 September 2016 - Chemical industry groups have urged the US EPA not to set fees that will hamper innovation under the new TSCA, in comments submitted to the agency. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA)...
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Inadequate data should yield TSCA high-priority designation

6 September 2016 - Chemicals for which adequate data is not available should be presumed high priorities for risk evaluation under reformed TSCA, consumer advocacy and governmental groups have said.
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Industry groups urge EPA to consider substance use under TSCA

5 September 2016 - Industry groups have urged the US EPA to focus on the conditions of a substance's use during its prioritisation and risk evaluation under the recently reformed TSCA.
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Reformed TSCA to reduce use of 'unreliable' animal testing

1 September 2016 - Provisions to reduce animal testing under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will ensure the collection of better information, say supporters.
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New TSCA will help EPA meet testing needs

9 August 2016 - The new TSCA law includes “important improvements” to EPA’s powers to require firms to conduct testing that will “help greatly” to provide the information the agency will need to make its decisions on chemicals, says a former EPA official.
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TSCA reformed: what companies need to know

July/August 2016 - With significant revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), companies producing or processing industrial chemicals in, or importing them into, the US will need to become aware of what’s changed, quickly. The amendments were immediately effective and important regulatory developments are underway.
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Advocacy begins for first substance reviews under new TSCA

27 July 2016 - Stakeholders have begun to weigh in on which substances should be the first to undergo risk evaluation under the newly reformed TSCA, and say they will be an early test of the EPA’s new authorities.
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EPA issues first PMN decisions under amended TSCA

26 July 2016 - The US EPA has issued four regulatory determinations for pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) under the newly amended TSCA. The agency found each of the four substances "not likely to present an unreasonable risk" during the PMN review process. 
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Prioritisation under new TSCA intended to be ‘broad’

25 July 2016 - Prioritisation of substances under the newly reformed TSCA is intended to be conservative, and is likely to err on the side of designating substances as high priorities. This is according to legal and environmental experts...
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EPA releases implementation roadmap for reformed TSCA

30 June 2016 - The US EPA has released a “roadmap” of major activities and important deadlines it will focus on, during the initial year of implementing the recently reformed TSCA.
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Reformed TSCA will not constrain many state-level actions

28 June 2016 - States will continue to play a “significant role” in managing chemicals of concern in consumer products under a reformed TSCA, according to advocacy groups and regulators.
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EPA implementation of TSCA to be ‘enormous undertaking’

16 June 2016 - The US EPA will be faced with an “enormous undertaking” in implementing TSCA reform, once it is signed into law, says Steve Owens, a principal at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs and a former Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention. 
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TSCA reform signed into law

22 June 2016 -US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to modernise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act updates the US’s chemicals management law for the first time in 40 years, and reflects years of congressional effort to get the law reformed.
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