Don’t Believe the “Job Killer” Hype: Decades of Economic Research Show that Environmental Regulations are Good for the Economy

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When Donald Trump announced that he had picked billionaire investor Carl Icahn as a special adviser on regulation, he said that Icahn would be a “leader in helping American entrepreneurs shed job-killing regulations that stifle economic growth.” And there it is again. The perennial bogeyman. The mythological notion that regulations are bad for jobs and the economy has been repeatedly debunked, but it keeps coming back. This report reviews the evidence, and shows, once again, that there is no truth to the idea of “job-killing” regulations. In fact, decades of economic research demonstrate that the economic impact of environmental regulations has been overwhelmingly positive.

ISTC Fact Sheet: Illinois Shop Towel Rule

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Shop towels and wipes utilized by businesses are commonly used in conjunction with solvents or other materials that contain solvents. These items are commonly generated by businesses after being used for cleaning purposes and other maintenance activities. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued a rule in 2013 specifically ordering the proper management and disposal of contaminated shop towels, referred to as the “Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule”, or the “Shop Towel Rule”.

Nanomaterials Guidance Under REACH Review

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In a move that could affect US manufacturers and chemical companies that do business in Europe, the European Chemicals Agency is moving forward with nanomaterial guidance regulations.

Public Meeting on Collecting Chemical Use Information — Preliminary Summaries of Information Now Available

On February 14th, EPA will hold a public meeting to receive public input and information on uses and conditions of use for the initial ten chemicals to be evaluated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  Information on uses and the conditions of use will assist EPA in identifying potential exposure scenarios for the ten chemicals.

In preparation for the public meeting, EPA is making available the preliminary summaries of information collected thus far on the manufacturing (including importing), processing, distribution in commerce, use, and disposal of the initial ten chemicals subject to risk evaluation under TSCA.

These documents contain publicly available information submitted to EPA, including Chemical Data Reporting and Toxics Release Inventory information, as well as information provided by a range of stakeholders the Agency consulted with, including other government agencies, states, NGOs, manufacturers, users, and from the published literature.x

The information summaries are available on EPA’s web site.

The meeting will be held on February 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Polaris Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004. Read more.

To participate, please register online at https://tscachemicaluse.eventbrite.comThe meeting will also be available by remote access for registered participants.  EPA has also established public dockets for those who wish to submit information.  Written comments and materials will also be accepted and should be submitted before March 15, 2017.

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The hearing was titled, ‘Making EPA great again.’ Scientists are afraid the opposite will happen.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

A hearing held Tuesday by the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology promised to focus on “Making the Environmental Protection Agency great again” — but its panel of industry-affiliated witnesses and its discussion of possible new legislation had some lawmakers and scientists worried the opposite may occur.

The hearing’s focus, broadly, was intended to be an examination of the EPA’s “process for evaluating and using science during its regulatory decision-making activities.”

Comment Period Extended for Two Rules on TCE

EPA is extending the comment period for two proposed rules on Trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic chemical with human health concerns identified by EPA in a 2014 risk assessment. EPA proposed these rules in December and January to ban certain uses of the chemical in aerosol degreasing, as a spot cleaner in dry cleaning facilities, and in commercial vapor degreasing.

The comment period for the proposed ban on TCE as an aerosol degreaser and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities is extended to March 16.

The comment period for the proposed ban on TCE as a commercial vapor degreaser is extended to April 19.

Read more about the rulemaking here.

Milwaukee bans coal-tar sealants after study shows they pollute streams

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Milwaukee banned coal-tar sealants Tuesday after a study blamed them for contaminating streams.

The Milwaukee Public Works Committee recommended a city ordinance to the general council that would ban the use of coal-tar sealants. The council approved the ban unanimously.

The ban was proposed in the wake of a recent study that found that as many as 78 percent of Milwaukee streams have toxic levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.