• 10.14.16

    EPA Taking First Actions to Restrict Existing Chemical Uses

    On October 11, 2016, EPA announced the start of expedited rulemaking to restrict the existing uses of five widely used chemicals that have been identified as being toxic, persistent and/or bioaccumulative in the environment (PBTs).

  • 10.13.16

    TSCA Reform Will Fundamentally Change U.S. Chemical Regulation

    Astonishingly, in an election year and at a time of unprecedented partisanship, this past June, Congress adopted significant reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with sweeping support from both sides of the aisle.

  • 10.05.16

    2017 "Reset" of TSCA Inventory Will Affect All Chemical Users

    As required by the 2016 amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next year will zero out and rebuild its inventory of chemicals in commerce (the TSCA Inventory).

  • 09.14.16

    The Many Moving Parts of California’s Climate Program

    Some storylines are pretty linear and easy to follow—boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. The End. But then there are the others. The ones that really capture the imagination of the world.

  • 08.29.16

    Move Over AB 32, Here Comes SB 32! (and AB 197)

    Last week, the California Legislature voted to extend the state's ambitious climate change targets while simultaneously pushing a reform bill covering the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

  • 07.19.16

    Methane Replaces Carbon Dioxide as Primary GHG Regulatory Target

    Carbon dioxide, by far the most ubiquitous greenhouse gas (GHG) by volume, has long been the primary target of regulatory efforts to limit GHG emissions. The most significant climate change regulations over the past decade have focused squarely on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, with reductions ...

  • 07.14.16

    Sneak Peek: The Future of California’s Cap and Trade

    Few government pronouncements are as highly guarded or anticipated as details of a California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) Cap and Trade amendment package. It may sound wonky, and Janet Yellen may disagree, but California’s Cap and Trade Regulation is a multibillion-dollar-a-year ...

  • 06.30.16

    Agreement Reached on Bipartisan Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

    Senate Agriculture Committee leaders reached agreement June 23, 2016, on a bill that would require food containing genetic material modified by recombinant DNA techniques to be labeled or to provide a link to a disclosure indicating that the food is "bioengineered."

  • 06.02.16

    EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

    Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • 05.26.16

    Congress Overhauls 1976 Federal Chemical Regulation Law

    On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time in 40 years, would modernize the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—the nation's premier chemical control law. 



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