On June 30, following an agency review of the prior administration’s policies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several policy changes surrounding risk evaluations issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including changes affecting the agency’s first 10 chemical risk evaluations, completed in 2020.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class consisting of thousands of chemicals that have been used in a variety of products, most notably fire suppression systems. The proposed rule includes lists of PFAS substances as examples, although reporting is not limited to listed chemicals.
U.S. EPA has indicated that it will initiate a rulemaking to amend the national rule for volatile organic compound emission standards for Aerosol Coatings. The rulemaking was listed in the agency’s Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda.
U.S. EPA’s RMP rule has been identified as an action for review under Executive Order 13990: Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold pre-meetings on June 23, 2021, in advance of the 58th Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and 40th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Last year, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) added Paints to the list of priority consumer products under the “Safer Products for Washington” program. DOE cited concerns over inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as the reasoning.
OSHA issued a proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
In April 2021, EPA posted a list of 390 chemicals by accession number expected to lose their confidential business information (CBI) status, and asked stakeholders to notify the agency of any errors on the list.
ACA is urging EPA to maintain an allowance for a phenol, isopropylated phosphate 3:1 intermediate, or PIP(3:1), and extended compliance dates to phase-out PIP(3:1) in end-use adhesives and sealants, as described in the agency’s Jan. 6, 2021 final rule.
ACA supports proposed revisions to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD provide important guidelines for traffic control devices, including road surface markings.