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What Does the Loss of ‘Green Chemistry’ Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?

After years of negotiations between lawmakers, chemical companies and environmental groups, an updated Toxic Substances Control Act — the nation’s primary chemical safety regulations — became law late last month, greeted by much fanfare on both sides of the isle and the issue. One industry sector that probably wasn’t celebrating … Read more »

Reality Bites: EPA Withdraws Two Draft Chemical Rules

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently withdrew two draft regulations intended to enhance chemical oversight.  Both initiatives had been languishing at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for years, long overstaying their customary (and mandated) 90-day review periods.  The inferences and conclusions that can be drawn from EPA’s … Read more »

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act: Potential Implications for Industry

In a rare showing of bipartisan support for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced on May 22, 2013, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), S. 1009.  The bill offers a politically viable framework for TSCA reform. Background S. 1009 … Read more »