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EPA announced that it has finished the risk management rule under the updated existing chemical review process in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), banning the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and use of chrysotile asbestos.
On February 22, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory for the first half of 2024. The updated TSCA Inventory contains a total of 86,741 chemical substances, of which 42,293 are active. The latest update adds 23 new chemicals compared to the August 2023 Inventory. The TSCA Inventory is updated biannually to keep chemical information current and accurate.
On Feb 8, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final rule on revising the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fee. The revised fees will be effective 60 days after the 2024 final rule is published in the Federal Register.
The United States Congress has proposed to amend a bill, adding substances including PFAS, ortho-phthalates, bisphenols, styrene, and antimony trioxide as unsafe for use in food contact materials. As an increasing number of states have enacted their own regulations on food safety, the House of Representatives has proposed to introduce an Act cited as the “No Toxic in Food Packaging Act of 2023” on October 26. The Act aims to federally prohibit the use of certain compounds in Food Contact Materials(FCMs). Notably, there is an overlap with restrictions outlined in the previously introduced U.S. Plastic Act. After several rounds of intense debate, the Congress ultimately decided to designate the following substances deemed unsafe for use as food contact substances in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act which comes into effect two years after the date of enactment of this Act.
On September 28, 2023, U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an important new rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requiring manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to provide more data for better regulation. PFASs are a large class of chemically stable organic fluorides known for their water and stain resistance, as well as good insulation. They find extensive use in various industrial sectors, including food packaging, electronics, leather and apparel, construction and household applications, firefighting, and medical supplies. However, PFASs are persistent and migrate in the environment, making them difficult to degrade. They are also called persistent chemicals and have posed a significant threat to human health and the ecological environment.
In July 2023, EPA published reporting and record-keeping requirements for asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The rule requires enterprises who manufactured (including imported) or processed asbestos and asbestos-containing articles (including as an impurity) in the last four years to report certain exposure-related information.
In June this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the 2024 submission period for Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) will start on June 1, 2024. The CDR rule requires manufacturers and importers to submit relevant information including processing, manufacturing, and use activities of chemical substances during 2020 and 2023.
On June 16, 2023, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced its intent to list anthracene (CAS number: 120-12-7), 2-bromopropane (CAS number: 75-26-3), and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite (CAS number: 868-85-9) as known to the state to cause cancer.
Having exhibited for another consecutive year on September 24th, 2019, CIRS witnessed the success of Society for Chemical Hazard Communication 2019 Fall Meeting, in which regulatory and product stewardship consultants and professionals gathered in Arlington, VA to share insights on regulatory updates, concerns and solutions for the sake of sustaining chemistry business worldwide. The exhibition booth was attended by Jim Mo, Business Development of CIRS Group USA Inc. and Ms.
CIRS is to re-unite with hundreds of hazard communication and regulatory compliance professionals in Arlington, Virginia this Fall, for the bi-yearly event “SCHC Fall 2019 Meeting”. Behalf of CIRS Group USA Inc., Ms. Jane Song and Mr. Jim Mo will be running a booth in the exhibition hall. Whether you are an old or new friend, come and hang out with us from 9/23 to 9/24! We can’t wait to get closer to you and share what’s new in the regulatory world. Click here to che