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EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Pose Challenges for Industry, Particularly Importers

Importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products face significant compliance challenges from EPA’s new Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards).  The final rule adopting the standards was signed on July 27, 2016 and finally published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016.[1]  The Standards implement Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  They are based on the formaldehyde emission limits of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products (ATCM) of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  The Standards differ from the ATCM in several ways, but compliance with the ATCM will help substantially as companies work to meet their obligations under the Standards.  The key compliance deadline for the Standards is December 12, 2017. Read More ›

EPA Reworks Strategy For Regulation of Nanomaterials Under TSCA; Proposed Rule Sent to OMB

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its long-delayed proposal to regulate nanotechnology under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and submitted a new alternative proposed rule for consideration and regulatory review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The new proposed reporting rule, submitted by EPA on October 6, 2014, replaces plans that had been under review by OMB since 2010.[1] Read More ›

“Safe Chemicals Act,” First TSCA Reform Bill of 113th Congress, Reintroduced

On April 10, 2013, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) reintroduced the “Safe Chemicals Act” to “amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed.”[1] The 2013 bill, S. 696, is identical to the version of the Safe Chemicals Act that was approved by Democrats in the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in December 2012 on a party line vote, but which died at the end of the 112th Congress having seen no further activity.   Read More ›

Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 Mirrors TSCA Proposals, Would Greatly Expand FDA Authority Over Cosmetics

Representative Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), with fifteen co-sponsors, has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to dramatically increase Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products.[1] The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, H.R. 1385,[2] includes a number of provisions also included in the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, S. 696, a bill to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).[3] The bill would fundamentally transform the regulation of cosmetics and their ingredients. It expands on prior proposals in a number of respects.[4] The bill, introduced March 21, 2013, has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Read More ›

Mark Duvall Co-Authors and Edits Book on FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology holds a great deal of promise, but also raises many regulatory issues.  In a book edited and co-authored by Mark Duvall of Beveridge & Diamond, the complex issues raised by nanotechnology in FDA-regulated applications are explored in detail.    Read More ›