Category: Regulation

Green buildings & construction: Green codes

Read the full story at Construction Week Online.

Green buildings and construction requires strict adherence to codes. Let us not tarnish them

New EU rules would permit use of most polymers without checks, experts warn

Read the full story in The Guardian.

New rules on chemicals to be debated by the EU this week would allow most polymers to be used without further checks, according to a group of scientists.

Only about 6% out of about 200,000 polymers would require extensive safety checks under proposals being discussed as part of Europe’s Reach chemicals regulations.

Low-carbon concrete bill advances in New York

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

The New York legislature passed a bill last week designed to encourage the use of low-carbon concrete and cement, a major step aimed at tackling the climate impact of the construction industry. The bill has not yet reached Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

The bill, S-542A, instructs the state’s Office of General Services to set guidelines for procuring low-carbon concrete for state construction projects. The office would award future contracts to companies based on climate performance as well as price, based on standards a group of expert stakeholders would set. 

New Jersey is considering similar legislation. The U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2019 passed a resolution encouraging members to use green materials over less environmentally friendly materials.

Exploring the “jargon” of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: A glance at the future of chemicals regulation in the EU

Read the full post at Eye on ESG.

The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment (CSS) announces the “new long term vision for the EU’s chemical policy’” intended to achieve a toxic-free environment through the “production and use of safe and sustainable chemicals”. In line with the objectives of the EU Green Deal, this ambitious political document is expected to deeply reshape the current EU chemicals regulatory framework for the next decade.

Europe’s drive to slash plastic waste moves into high gear

Read the full story from e360.

As part of a broader effort to create a circular economy that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union will ban a host of throwaway plastic items next month and is working to create an expansive and lucrative market for recycled plastics.

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent

Read the full story from The Hill.

Bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday would ban the use of so-called forever chemicals in cosmetics, on the heels of a study indicating their presence in more than 100 makeup products.

The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in more than half of 231 products in eight categories. The highest levels were found in foundation, mascara and liquid lipstick products, according to the study, with most of them not listing PFAS compounds among their ingredients.

The No PFAS in Cosmetics Act, introduced in the Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would ban the use of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics and require the Food and Drug Administration to propose a rule banning intentionally using them in cosmetics.

California will require Uber, Lyft drivers to transition to electric cars

Read the full story at The Hill.

Electric vehicles must account for 90 percent of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled in California by 2030.

States active on recycling and waste legislation in first half of 2021

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Lawmakers have tackled legislation aimed at cutting single-use plastics, reducing materials headed to disposal and increasing recycled content use, but missed the chance to pass high-profile EPR bills.

Colorado bill banning plastic bags and foam containers, repealing preemption, heads to governor

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

A bill in Colorado banning single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) takeout containers is on its way to the governor’s desk for signature after the Senate approved HB21-1162 on June 8. 

If passed, single-use plastic bags will be banned at most stores, and restaurants will be banned from using polystyrene food service containers starting in 2024. Customers will have to pay 10 cents per paper or plastic bag beginning in 2023 until the ban goes into effect, but retailers will continue charging for paper bags after that date. 

The bill would also make Colorado the first state to repeal its preemption law, a type of policy banning municipalities from creating their own, stricter plastic packaging ordinances by July 2023. Some cities and towns already have bag bans or similar ordinances despite the preemption law, and Denver will require retailers to charge 10 cents per carryout bag starting July 1.

Biden officials move to reinstate Alaska roadless rule, overturning Trump policy

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Biden administration said Friday that it would “repeal or replace” a rule allowing roads and other types of development in more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, reviving 20-year old protections Donald Trump had stripped three months before leaving office.

The move was outlined in the administration’s new regulatory agenda. The notice from the White House said the change was consistent with the president’s Jan. 27 executive order, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” The Agriculture Department expects to publish the proposed rule in August, the notice said.

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