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EPA’s Toxic Substances Rules ‘Discourage Recycling’

The EPA’s reporting requirements for manufacturing byproducts sent for recycling are “burdensome, unnecessary and actually discourage recycling,” according to the electronics industry. Speaking on behalf of more than 2,000 US electronics manufacturers that are members of IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Dr. Brent Grazman told Congress yesterday that IPC … Read more »

Senate Toxics Bill Threatens California’s Prop. 65

California’s Proposition 65 law and even its greenhouse gas regulation are threatened by a Senate bill aimed at strengthening chemical regulation, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Lautenberg-Vitter bill would strengthen the EPA’s authority to regulate chemicals – but co-author David Vitter (R-LA) insisted the bill also prohibit states from … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Ruling, Exxon Fined $105m, Natgas Blowout

The US Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas, Wyoming and several industry groups, who objected to the EPA forcing states to set greenhouse gas limits on industrial facilities. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the parties did not have standing to sue because they could … Read more »


Gap Dumping Toxic Wastewater, Greenpeace Says

Gap, Brooks Brothers and other fashion brands are dumping toxic wastewater in Indonesia waterways, Greenpeace says. In its latest report, Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise, Greenpeace investigates the PT Gistex factory, located near Bandung in West Java, with 60 percent of production located in the Citarum River watershed. The facility does … Read more »

Air Pollutants Decline, Total Toxic Chemical Releases Up

Total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, but total releases of toxic chemicals increased for the second year in a row, according to EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory report, published yesterday. EPA attributes the decline to decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions including hydrochloric acid and … Read more »

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