ACA has consistently urged EPA to amend the National VOC rule for aerosol coatings to update its table of Maximum Incremental Reactivity values to align with California’s aerosol coatings rule, adjust the default value, and add several compounds to the rule’s Table 2A.
PHMSA Reinstates Enforcement Discretion for Cylinders that have Exceeded their Periodic Requalification Test Date
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a temporary discretion notice that it will not take enforcement action against any person who fills a DOT-specification cylinder used to transport Division 2.2 nonflammable gas provided the cylinder meets all requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) except that the cylinder is overdue for periodic requalification by no more than 12 months through January 15, 2022.
The updated listing is intended to guide product formulators in selection of chemical ingredients EPA deems perform and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.
The agency’s Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognize chemical technologies that incorporate green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.
Last month, EPA published in the Federal Register its intention to develop a Tiered Data Reporting (TDR) rule requiring manufacturers — and sometimes processors — to report targeted information to the agency informing on three stages (or tiers) of TSCA evaluations: 1) pre-prioritization; 2) prioritization; and 3) risk evaluation/risk mitigation. The TDR rule would require submission of standardized data sets that would inform EPA activities at each tier.
On Aug. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards (HM-215P).
OSHA Issues Updated Guidance on Protecting Unvaccinated and other At-risk Workers from the Coronavirus
On Aug. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance to help employers protect workers from the coronavirus. The updated guidance reflects developments in science and data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated COVID-19 guidance issued July 27.
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. EPA extended the comment deadline by a month to Sept. 27, 2021.
The agencies intend to revise the definition of WOTUS following a process that includes two rulemakings. A forthcoming foundational rule would restore the regulations defining WOTUS that were in place for decades until 2015, with updates to be consistent with relevant Supreme Court decisions. A separate, second rulemaking process would refine this regulatory foundation and establish an updated WOTUS definition.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) final rule codifies requirements for “Made in the USA” (MUSA) label statements. The rule applies to product labels and promotional materials associated with direct sales of a product, including electronic and written promotional materials.