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EPA Adds BPA, 22 Other Chemicals to TSCA List

Twenty-three chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA), seven phthalates and two flame retardants, have been added to the EPA’s list of chemicals for assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Manufacturers of some of the newly added chemicals include Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Mexichem S.A.B de C.V., Momentive Performance Materials … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: US Water Alliance, Amiad Water Systems, Earthjustice

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Earthjustice: The environmental law firm has appointed Lisa Garcia as vice president of litigation for health. Garcia joins from the EPA. T&M Associates: The engineering consultancy has appointed Ed Melanson to lead the automation practice, focusing on meeting client needs in the energy, environment, water … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Prop. 65 and BPA, Anti-LEED Bill, ISO 14001

California’s Environmental Protection Agency has added Bisphenol A (BPA) to its official list of toxic chemicals subject to the rules of Proposition 65. Under Prop. 65, companies must warn the public if chemicals on the list are present in amounts greater than the maximum allowable dosage level (MADL). The state … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Star Criticism, BPA and Prop 65, ISO 14001

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which represents manufacturers of residential and commercial window, door and skylight products, is calling on the EPA to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria and the overall direction of the ENERGY STAR program. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Soot Rule, Chevron and Kaiser Fines, Chinese Solar Tariffs, Cape Wind

The White House quietly modified the EPA’s proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The EPA’s original proposal sought to change annual exposure limits for fine-particle soot from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, but before the … Read more »

BPA Alternative in Paper Products Raises Concerns

Scientists studying the toxic effects of BPA found paper companies have largely replaced it with a chemically similar compound, bisphenol-S. The study, which was recently accepted by Environmental Science & Technology, calls for toxicology research on this BPA alternative. Kurunthachalam Kannan, co-author of the study and an environmental chemist at the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Emissions Rules, Bonneville Power, FDA Plans BPA Decision

California’s Air Resources Board proposed new rules to reduce emissions from vehicles, including putting 1.4 million electric, plug-in and hydrogen cars on the state’s roads by 2025. The program, scheduled for review by the ARB at a Jan. 26 meeting would save an estimated $22 billion in fuel costs, and … Read more »

Hasbro Aims for 90% Sustainably Sourced Packaging; Epson to Supply BPA-Free Receipts

Hasbro released a Paper and Forest Procurement Policy outlining its procurement decisions for product packaging, as well a 2011 goal to source at least 75 percent of paper packaging from either recycled material or sources that practice sustainable forest management. By 2015, the company aims to achieve 90 percent usage … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Smog Rule Delay, BPA Testing, Calif. Renewables

EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said Tuesday that the agency will not finalize the Clean Air Act health standard for ground level ozone, or smog, by the July 29 deadline as intended. The proposed rule, which has been delayed on three other occasions, currently is being reviewed by the White House … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Light Bulbs, Mercury, BPA, Tidal Power

Presidential candidate and member of congress Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has hit out at a federal law that requires light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient starting next year. “President Bachmann will allow you to buy any light bulb you want,” Bachmann said at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Kyoto, Pfizer, BPA, RGGI

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend plans to place Bisphenol A (BPA) on a list of substances that may harm the environment, the Detroit Free Press reports. The EPA said last year that it would study the effects of BPA and consider putting … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Reach, Epeat, BPA

Two-thirds of Europeans claim they read the instructions on chemical products before use, but only seven percent follow the directions fully, according to a survey by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The agency was required to carry out the Eurobarometer survey (pdf) as part of REACH regulations, in an effort to … Read more »