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Aerospace Firm Fined $194K for Chromium-6 Exposure

Aircraft manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems Inc. was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in January for allegedly exposing employees performing sanding operations to a kn...


Finalized TSCA Rules Met with Resistance

Last Friday the Environmental Protection Agency published its third and final Toxic Substance Control Act Framework rule, dictating the inventory notification requirements of retrospective c...


EPA's Pruitt Talks Backlog, Transparency Goals

The Environmental Protection Agency released a statement on Monday saying that it has eliminated a monthslong backlog of new chemical cases that needed safety reviews.


CA Regulators Eye Polyurethane Foam

California's Department of Toxic Substances has moved to classify spray polyurethane foam as a "priority product," a proposal that has drawn criticism from some who manufacture and work with...


Spray Polyurethane Foam Under Fire in CA

A number of industry groups have expressed their concerns about an effort by the California Department of Toxic Substances to name spray polyurethane foam as a “priority product.”


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


Deadline Looms for EPA's Rules in New TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch of finalizing its Framework Action rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which got its first upgrade in 40 years las...


NJ Governor Lowers Lead Limit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a law that limits the amount of lead allowed in a child’s blood before officials intervene, which may result in more lead-based paint abatement acti...


Study: Indoor Spaces Rampant with Toxins

Indoor dust is often laden with toxic chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, furniture, electronics and other common items, a new study suggests.


EPA Seeks Comments on Copper Toxicity Test

The federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment is seeking public comment on water quality criteria that includes a copper toxicity testing method relevant to ...


Officials Ban Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio has become the latest U.S. city to prohibit the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects throughout the area.


City Prohibits Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest city in the United States to ban the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects in the region, city authorities said.


Hazard Alert Explains MeCl Dangers

Methylene chloride, a toxic chemical present in some paint strippers, is the topic of a new hazard alert bulletin available from the nonprofit CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and ...


EPA Shares Year-One Plan for TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended U.S. chemicals law, the first such major chemical management l...


EPA Outlines Chemical Law Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined initial actions it will undertake to implement the nation’s first major chemical management law reform in 40 years.


Chemical Law Update Gets President's OK

The U.S. president has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years.


President Signs New Chemical Law

Bipartisan legislation that intends to bring the Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st century has been signed into law.


Toxic Chemical Bill Passes House

Following months of negotiations in an effort to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that sets guidelin...


House OKs Chemical Update

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that will update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), governing the manufacture, transportation and regulation of ...


Dutch Workers at Risk from Paint Toxin

Nearly 600 job seekers may have been exposed to a carcinogen found in old paint in one city’s back-to-work program, according to media sources in the Netherlands.


ACA Urges Chemical Bill Resolution

Coating manufacturers say the window to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation is narrowing.


Research Brings Antifouling to Oman

A university in Oman has developed the region’s first antifouling marine nanocoating, according to an announcement following a month-long field test of the coating at a local marina.


U.S.: Sealant Runoff Kills Aquatic Life

RESTON, VA—Confirming 10 years of earlier research, new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey report toxic effects on aquatic life in the runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar.


USGS: Sealcoat Runoff Fatal to Fish

RESTON, VA—Runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar is toxic to aquatic life and has detrimental effects on DNA, according to two new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey.


EPA Eyes Limits on Paint Strippers

U.S. officials are expanding their search for data as they weigh new restrictions on two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

After deaths, warnings and restrictions elsewhere, the United States is taking another step on the road toward limiting the use of two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


AkzoNobel Cleared in Product Claim

Akzo Nobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive-plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal-court jury has found.


CA Targeting Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


New Organic Paint Makes Quiet Splash

A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


 
 
   

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