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EPA’s Application of Toxic Substances Control Act Prompts Environmental Groups to Sue

EPA’s Application of Toxic Substances Control Act Prompts Environmental Groups to Sue

Environmental groups are suing the EPA over its application of the Toxic Substance Control Act, saying that the methods by which the agency is prioritizing and evaluating chemicals will harm workers and families.

CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Health, one of CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2016, has joined the dozens of companies that have pledged to reduce product packaging waste by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The drugstore and pharmacy company says that its expanding environmental footprint – with thousands of retail pharmacies and … Read more »

Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

A federal court handed climate change advocates a narrow loss on Tuesday when it tossed an Obama-era ruling to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

DuPont Continues to Settle Environmental Lawsuits, Adds Another $50M

DuPont Continues to Settle Environmental Lawsuits, Adds Another $50M

DuPont has agreed to pay more than $50 million to settle a lawsuit based on the release of mercury from a former Virginia facility. The lawsuit was filed by the federal government and the State of Virginia, and DuPont’s settlement comes in advance of the company’s $150 billion merger with Dow … Read more »

Walmart: Chemical Footprint Reporting Is Key to Creating Sustainable Stuff

Walmart: Chemical Footprint Reporting Is Key to Creating Sustainable Stuff

Companies are increasingly focusing on measuring and reporting their chemical footprint via several tactics including creating a management strategy and conducting a chemical inventory, according to a new report from the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP). Participating companies represent annual revenues totaling over $670 billion, across all sectors, sizes and locations, and … Read more »

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Chemical facilities and other industries were given a reprieve last month on complying with the amendment to the Obama-era federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements requiring additional public notice, reporting, accident prevention and emergency response planning obligations for facilities that use or store certain high-risk substances. The 20-month extension means … Read more »

Tesco Starts Phasing Out Hazardous Chemicals from F&F Clothing Line

Tesco Starts Phasing Out Hazardous Chemicals from F&F Clothing Line

The British retailer Tesco announced a commitment to immediately start removing hazardous chemicals from the supply chain of its F&F clothing and footwear label. Tesco recently signed onto the Greenpeace Detox Campaign, agreeing to eliminate chemicals such as phthalates, heavy metals, and chlorinated solvents by 2020. The retailer joins 80 … Read more »

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Two California-based plastic product manufacturers have agreed to pay penalties for Clean Water Act violations, including failing to operate with the proper stormwater permit, that likely resulted in plastic pellets being washed into the Tujunga Wash and ultimately into the Los Angeles River. The EPA found these violations after inspections … Read more »

Like Other Cosmetic Giants, L’Oreal Chases ‘Circular Economy,’ Improved Water/Carbon Footprint

Like Other Cosmetic Giants, L’Oreal Chases ‘Circular Economy,’ Improved Water/Carbon Footprint

L’Oreal will be striving toward a neutral or positive water footprint for some sites by improving treatment and reuse processes, as well as increasing reuse and recycling of waste by boosting material recovery at all L’Oreal sites. The beauty company is working with Suez, a company that provides solutions for … Read more »

Manufacturers May Struggle to Keep Up w/EPA’s Aggressive Schedule to Pass New Chemical Regs

Manufacturers May Struggle to Keep Up w/EPA’s Aggressive Schedule to Pass New Chemical Regs

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed in June of 2016 and made sweeping changes to the nation’s primary chemical law. The new law requires the EPA to implement the changes through a number of regulations, which … Read more »

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Companies in the construction business in Illinois are arguing against tougher monitoring of porous rock quarries that are being reclaimed by being filled with “clean construction-demolition debris” (CCDD). Road builders, engineers and the like say Illinois has enough quarry regulations and that additional monitoring would place an undue financial burden … Read more »

Big Lots Nailed w/Fines for Hazardous Waste Abuses (Like Dollar General Last Month)

Big Lots Nailed w/Fines for Hazardous Waste Abuses (Like Dollar General Last Month)

A second California retailer has been ordered to pay a significant fine following its failure to dispose of hazardous waste properly: Big Lots was found to have been disposing hazardous waste into its trash bins at stores throughout California, as well as transporting hazardous waste to landfills not permitted to … Read more »