US EPA announces ‘cross agency’ initiative on PFAS

Read the full story in Chemical Watch. The US EPA has announced "a cross-agency effort to address per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)," including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), as well as GenX, a substance developed as a replacement for the older chemicals. However, the agency did not promise to take regulatory action.

Meeting Materials Available for December 6th EPA Public Meeting on New Chemicals

EPA is making available the agenda and other meeting materials for its planned December 6, 2017 public meeting to discuss ongoing implementation activities in the New Chemicals Review Program of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). View the agenda and meeting materials. Background: …

Health effects from scented consumer products

Fragrances from consumer products are a common source of indoor air pollutants. In the last several years, there has been quite a lot of research done on these pollutants and their health effects. Some representative papers and their highlights are listed below: Steinemann, A. (2015) "Volatile emissions from common consumer products." Air Quality, Atmosphere & …

Attempts to limit the use of hazardous substances in Europe are being hindered by poor implementation of Europe’s chemical laws

Read the full story from the European Environmental Bureau. Governments who want to limit the use of toxic chemicals are being set a high burden of proof while industry concerns are being accepted with little evidence by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), analysis by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has found.

US EPA issues final TSCA framework rules

Read the full story in Chemical Watch. Hat tip to Mary Buetow of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute for the pointer. Check out their bi-weekly Greenlist Bulletin. Three final framework rules under the new TSCA, as well as scoping documents for the first ten substances subject to risk evaluation, were due to be issued by …

EPA staffers, Trump official clashed over new chemical rules

Read the full story in Politico. The Trump administration released the nation’s most important chemical-safety rules in decades Thursday — but only after making a series of business-friendly changes overseen by a former industry advocate who holds a top post at the EPA. Career agency employees had raised objections to the changes steered by EPA …

Watchdog faults EPA’s chemical safety tools

Read the full story in The Hill. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog wants it to better manage the ways it uses technology to help test the safety of chemicals. The EPA’s inspector general said two offices in the agency — the research and development office and the chemical safety office — have successfully collaborated to …