Government Affairs

EPA Extends Deadline for Comment on Proposed PFAS Recordkeeping Requirements

FTC Considers Enforcement Related to “Made in the USA” Label Statements

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.

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EPA and Army Announce Next Steps for Definition of Waters of the United States

WOTUS

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.

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EPA Announces Path Forward for TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluations

TSCA

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.

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U.S. DOT’s PHMSA to Hold Pre-Meetings for Upcoming UN Summer Sessions

International

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).

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