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toxic chemicals

Chemical Safety Overhaul Passes Senate, Earns Industry Praise

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — the US’ primary chemical regulation — moved closer to getting a years-in-the-making overhaul late Thursday night as the US Senate approved the chemical safety bill. The Senate passed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by a unanimous … Read more »

Electronics, Auto Industries Want ‘Cohesive Federal Chemical Management’

Leading US electronics and automotive industry associations are backing a bipartisan bill that aims to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, Chemical Watch reports. According to the publication, the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers (AAM) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) favor the bipartisan Vitter-Udall senate bill, which gives more power … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: WV Spill Hearings, Pump Efficiency, Monsanto and SCOTUS

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said the Senate will hold hearings on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents unable to drink their tap water. She said a hearing in early February will address the spill itself, and this will be followed by work on chemical safety reforms, The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »

chemical testing

EPA Chemical Assessment ‘Should Take Data-Driven Approach’

The EPA’s draft plan to assess inorganic arsenic risks should take greater advantage of the data that exists on the chemical to reach evidence-based conclusions, says a report from the National Research Council. While the EPA’s draft plan that describes how the agency will assess the potential health effects of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Molasses Spill Probe, Bechtel Faulted

An investigation into a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, which was likely Hawaii’s worst-ever marine environmental disaster, has been set back by the federal government shutdown. Officials overseeing the probe at the EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been sent home, though state environmental regulators continue investigating whether … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards, Efficiency Bill, Biofuel Cap

The EPA’s forthcoming greenhouse gas standards will set the carbon limit for new natural gas plants at 1,000 pounds of CO2 per MW, as previously proposed, but will relax the standard slightly for smaller gas plants. The standard for coal plants will be as high as 1,300-1,400 pounds, up from … Read more »

David Vitter

Vitter Promises Bill Fix to Protect Prop. 65

Who says Congress is slow: Senators have already reacted to reports that the Lautenberg-Vitter chemical regulation bill threatens California’s Proposition 65 and other state rules. Last week nine attorneys general wrote to the Senate to say the current bill could pose a serious threat to public safety by keeping states from … Read more »