Glitter Is Litter Campaign Hits Class of ’19

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Glitter has become a social media sensation, driven by the ante-upping culture of picture-sharing websites such as Instagram and Pinterest. About 10,000 tons are produced each year, according to U.K.-based glitter maker Ronald Britton Ltd. Used in ever-more creative ways, the shimmering plastic sprinkles bring an extra luster to photos, crafts, cosmetics and even car paint. Many posers go for impact with glitter-coated beards, tongues or other body parts.

But here’s the rub: All that glitter is not good. As soon as it lands on the ground, it’s just litter, contributing to a growing plastics-pollution crisis that threatens the health of the world’s wildlife and oceans.

Notice to Manufacturer and Processors on the TSCA Inactive Inventory

Per the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements final rule, inactive chemical designations become effective 90 days after the signature of the Availability of the Initial TSCA Inventory Memorandum, which is August 5, 2019. A pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice announcing the availability of this memorandum is available today here: TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule, and the memorandum will be available in the rulemaking docket (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0426) upon publication of the Federal Register notice.

Starting August 5, 2019, manufacturers and processors are required to notify EPA before reintroducing into commerce a substance designated as inactive on the TSCA Inventory. Manufacturers and processors can notify EPA via a Notice of Activity Form B, found in EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX). Upon receiving such notification, EPA will change the designation of substances from inactive to active.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires EPA to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either “active” or “inactive” in U.S. commerce. EPA finalized a rule requiring industry reporting of chemicals manufactured (including imported) or processed in the U.S. over a 10-year period ending on June 21, 2016 and the reporting was completed on October 5, 2018.

This reporting was used to identify chemicals on the Agency’s current publication of the 2019 TSCA Inventory as active (i.e., already reported or exempt) or inactive (i.e., not reported or exempt).

For more information, visit EPA’s TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule site.

NRDC pushing Michigan to set very low PFAS drinking water limits

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is pushing Michigan to adopt public drinking water standards for several toxic PFAS chemicals that would be the strictest thus far of any state in the nation.

In a new report delivered to state officials today, the NRDC says Michigan should set a combined maximum contaminant level, or MCL, for five different PFAS compounds between 2 and 5 parts-per-trillion (ppt) – levels which are well below a federal advisory threshold now in use.

Public health experts aim to stop spreading of sludge

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Fred Stone says he can’t sell milk from his herd because of exposure to PFAS, chemicals linked to cancer that were found in the sludge he spread on his fields for decades.


Critiques of Chemical Analyses Set for June, EPA’s Dunn Says

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The EPA expects scientists to begin critiquing its 10 draft chemical risk evaluations in June to enable the agency to decide by December whether any of the substances pose an unreasonable risk that triggers regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicalsis likely to hold its first meeting in June, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, told Bloomberg Environment May 6.

Dunn discussed her plans for the coming year and ways her previous jobs in the private, public, and academic sectors will influence how she oversees both pesticides and chemicals.

State officials refuse to share test results from 135 PFAS-tainted sources despite public health risk

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At least 135 public water systems across the state are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals known as PFAS at levels above recommended thresholds for mandatory cleanup, according to state water sampling data.

And more than four times that many — 645 facilities, the state Department of Health estimates — will need to spend an average of $1.325 million each on upgrades if the Cuomo Administration adopts the thresholds and makes them enforceable as expected by late next year.

But hundreds of thousands of people who currently drink PFAS-tainted tap water from those compromised sources are in the dark about the health dangers because state officials aren’t sharing their sampling data with the public.

Company reveals amount of toxic PFAS substitute it sent to plant in South Jersey

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The chemical company Chemours shipped thousands of pounds of a toxic PFAS substitute to its Chambers Works site in South Jersey between 2015 and 2018, and generated specific quantities of chemical waste at the plant over a longer period.

The company’s newly released report, which it sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, raises fresh concerns over the possible contamination of local drinking water.

Wisconsin utility We Energies revives controversial push for solar charge

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A clean energy group estimates the proposed charge would cost a typical residential solar customer $180 a year.

Skip the insecticide this summer. Fight mosquitos with bat homes

Read the full story in Fast Company.

A crowdfunded startup wants to encourage homeowners to fight insect invasions with a natural enemy.

Illinois Senate passes coal ash removal guidelines aimed at safe closure

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The Illinois Senate advanced a bill Thursday that is aimed at ensuring safe closure of toxic coal ash pits left behind by power plants.