Tag Archives: Chemical Regulation

2017 GlobalChem will showcase new day in politics, chemical regulation and international cooperation

We all knew that modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) through passage and implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) would create a new era of chemical regulation in the United States. What we may not have known was that the statutory change would coincide with major changes in our political landscape. The […]

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Are there really thousands of untested chemicals in everyday products?

If you’ve ever read a news article or blog post about chemicals, you may have come across the oft-cited claim that there are 84,000 untested chemicals in the products we use every day. Taken at face value, this figure is startling. But, if you check the facts and take a closer look, you’ll also find […]

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Key principles for applying benefit-cost analysis to federal regulation

Since 1974, Presidents have issued Executive Orders requiring regulatory agencies to analyze the anticipated results and economic effects of proposed regulations. Executive Order 13563, Executive Order 12866, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-4 require agencies to conduct a careful and transparent analysis of the anticipated impacts of economically significant regulatory actions. […]

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Growing pains in implementing the new TSCA: Section 5 and its critical role in innovation

On December 14, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public stakeholder discussion on the implementation of section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The section was revised by the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress in mid-2016.  At issue in the stakeholder meeting will […]

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Restricting POPs: Why the Stockholm Convention matters

Over a decade ago, more than 150 countries signed the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a global treaty to manage chemical substances that warrant global control due to their PBT (persistence, toxicity, bioaccumulation) characteristics and ability for long-range environmental transport. This treaty is considered a significant environmental agreement, and is broadly supported by […]

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Setting the record straight on BPA (again)

The topic of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been popular lately with many “experts” weighing in with their opinions on everything from the basic definition of EDCs to what to do about them.  With scientific issues like this, the words attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan bear repeating:  “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but […]

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Spray foam insulation brings ambitious sustainability goals within reach

In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ambitious climate change legislation that set an even higher bar than previous laws – California would now have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This integrated plan to address climate change includes doubling energy efficiency savings at existing buildings. Along with other […]

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On laminated wood flooring products, science shows low risk from formaldehyde exposure

Recent media stories questioning the safety of laminated wood products shipped into the United States from China have caused concerns among homeowners with laminate wood flooring in their homes. But the results of a recent review by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should put those concerns to rest. The CPSC reports that out of […]

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ACC files comments to inform EPA’s development of rules under the LCSA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is already moving quickly to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA), and here at ACC we have been actively engaged with the Agency in the implementation process. In early August, EPA held a series of public meetings on the LCSA to discuss the first rules the Agency is […]

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Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA): Legislative Summit provides valuable forum to explore new, better way to regulate chemicals in commerce

As a part of their mission to strengthen state governments, the National Council of State Legislators hosted their annual Legislative Summit this week in Chicago. Given the recent federal action around TSCA reform, the summit could not have come at a more opportune time. During the event the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Vice-President of State […]

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