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Study: More Deaths Linked to Methylene Chloride

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this week associates paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride to more deaths than what has previously been acknowledged by the Environm...


EPA Accepting Nominations for Safer Choice Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.


Senate Votes to Confirm Regan as EPA Admin

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael S. Regan as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He was sworn in on March 11.


EPA Requests Comments for Fees, PV29 Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for further comments on both the Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule and its potential rulemaking for C.I. Pigment Violet 29.


EPA Further Clarifies Review of TSCA Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has received a report evaluating its Toxic Substances Control Act chemical risk evaluations system prompting the agency to announce that it will be r...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


EPA Registers Copper for Use Against COVID-19

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper surfaces for residual use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


EPA Announces Reviews, Chemical Webinars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently sent two emailed press releases discussing both a review of its actions of the course of the previous administration, as well as announcing ...


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


EPA Gathering Comments for TSCA Fees Rule

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released for public comment a proposed set of updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act’s Fees Rule.


EPA Issues Final Rule on Cleanup Insurance

In a news release issued last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized its rulemaking on financial assurance requirements for the Electric Pow...


Wheeler Announces New National Recycling Plan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler held the EPA’s third-annual America Recycles Summit last month where he unveiled a new National Recycling Goal that aims to ...


EPA Updates Risk Evaluation on PV29

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has released a revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) for public comment and peer review un...


EPA Releases Final List for TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final list of businesses that are subject to fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for risk evaluation under the Tox...


Interim Company List for TSCA Fees Released

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an interim final list of businesses that are subject to pay fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for the next ri...


EPA to Terminate COVID-19 Compliance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released an addendum on termination of the entity’s COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.


ACA Responds to Air Quality Standards Proposal

The American Coatings Association recently released a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.


EPA Releases Energy Requirement Reductions

Last Friday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced two final rules for the oil and gas industry that the EPA says “removes ineffective and duplicative r...


EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


Trump Finalizes Environmental Review Revisions

Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration has finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act that aim to not only reduce the number of projec...


EPA Posts Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week the first risk evaluation to be completed under the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act: the evalua...


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


NRDC Sues Over Water Protection Rollback

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced just last week that they had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of ...


EPA to Host Call Regarding TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it is hosting a call on the recently announced plan to reduce burden for certain stakeholders who are ...


EPA Considers Modifying TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plan considering a proposed rule that would look at potential exemptions to the Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule.


EPA Looking at Fees Associated with TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it is working to address issues identified with implementing the Fees Rules associated with the Toxic Substances Control ...


EPA Proposes New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

As a part of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, the agency recently proposed regulations on imported products that contain certai...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 Low-Priority Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its list of 20 chemical substances that it has identified as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


OSHA Announces Website to Celebrate 50 Years

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the organization has announced t...


Europe Gears Up for NMP Restriction

With the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is set to take effect this spring, the agency recently released a new guideline available for industrial ...


EPA Announces Waterway Protection Rollback

In the latest action since the Trump administration announced the roll back of nearly 95 environmental rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated it will be reducing the numb...


EPA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Year

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the theme for its 50th anniversary, which it will be celebrating at the end of this year.


EPA Finalizes List of 20 High-Priority Chemicals

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release that it had finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the T...


EPA Extends Comment Period for NMP

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last month the public comment period for the draft risk evaluation of more than 30 uses of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) “to give stakeholders more ...


EPA's Toxic Substance Evaluation to Get Review

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has contracted the National Academies of Science to conduct a peer review of the “Application of Systematic Review in Toxic Sub...


EPA Reclassifies Aerosol Can Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act regu...


EPA to Hold Public Meeting on TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is holding a public meeting on Dec. 10 on the implementation of its Toxic Substances Control Act New Chemicals program.


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride, including commercial paint and coating removal, consume...


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


EPA Releases Guide for Methylene Chloride Ruling

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new guide to help methylene chloride processors and distributors comply with the final rule issued in March under the Toxic Substanc...


EPA to Hold Evaluation Meeting on 1-BP Solvent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will hold a Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals meeting to review the draft risk evaluati...


EPA Lists 20 Chemicals for High Priority, Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it is moving forward with a proposed list of 20 chemical substances to designate as “High-Priority Substances” under th...


EPA Designates 20 Chemicals as Low Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to add 20 substances as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EPA Announces Updates to Chemical Tracker Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release last week that it is continuing “its commitment to transparency” by making additional information about chemicals notices available...


Resin Company to Eliminate NMP from Portfolio

Global resins manufacturer Royal DSM announced last week that it will be phasing out all uses of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (also known as n-methylpyrrolidone and more commonly known as NMP) fro...


EPA to Hold Committee Meeting on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it will be holding the first meeting of its Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EPA to Cap MT Slag Pile by 2025

A slag pile in Anaconda, Montana, that’s used partially to produce roofing and abrasive blasting material, is slated to be capped after a report was released saying that the dust from the sl...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Rust-Oleum Settles with EPA Over Waste Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has reached a settlement with coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills, Illinois), a consumer bran...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


EPA to be Sued Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Early last week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ba...


Lawsuit Coming to EPA Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Earlier this week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ...


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 10 that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping paint.


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping pai...


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved in US

Japan-based global paints and coatings supplier Kansai Paint Group announced last week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the company's mosquito-repellent paint.


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved by EPA

Global paints and coatings manufacturer Japan-based Kansai Paint Group recently announced that it gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a paint that repels mosqui...


Roof Coatings Group Reports Success

With 2015 having come to a close, the association that represents roof coatings manufacturers has announced that it achieved five strategic goals and a successful merger with another associa...


Six Settle Lead Paint Claims With EPA

Six companies in Connecticut have paid more than $92,000 in fines and like-kind environmental projects to settle claims that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint ru...


Flint Families Sue over Toxic Water

Four families have filed a lawsuit against 14 Michigan officials claiming they replaced safe water with water that was “dangerous, unsafe and…inadequately treated.”


Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing...


Obama, Partners Plan to Emission Cuts

What do Dow Chemical, Fomo Products, Lapolla Industries and NCFI Polyurethanes have in common?


Glass Maker Settles Clean Air Violations

Guardian Industries Corp. has reached a $70 million proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency that would resolve allegations that the co...


Supplier Agrees to $5M Fraud Settlement

A national supplier of water, sewer, fire protection and storm drain products has agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently received federal money for which ...


EPA Trains Lead-Paint Focus on NE

NASHUA, NH—Part carrot and part stick, a new federal approach to lead-paint enforcement is playing out in New Hampshire.


EPA Head Resigns Amid Cheers and Jeers

The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, Lisa Jackson, will step down this month after the President's State of the Union speech, the Environmental Protection Agency has anno...


 
 
   

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