Tag Archives: Chemical Regulation

False start: Popular morning show gets it wrong on phthalates and plastics

Morning shows can be a helpful way to get our morning news and start the day – when they are accurate. But, sometimes, those seemingly harmless morning wake up shows leave you saying, “Huh?!?” Like today… A couple of network morning shows aired segments about new studies that reported to observe a correlation between exposure [...]

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IRIS progress report details key improvements, but the bar must be raised higher

According to a May 2015 progress report to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is better off than it was a year ago, but not as effective as it needs to be to deliver timely, high-quality and credible chemical risk assessments. EPA does deserve credit, first and foremost, for following [...]

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Nanotechnology panel to share insights with EPA on proposed nanomaterial rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule recently that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials, including production volumes, the potential for public exposure and the use of manufacturing and processing methods. The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product [...]

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Taking a complete view of preemption and TSCA reform

As support grows for the bipartisan effort to reform our nation’s chemical regulatory system, it’s important that we take an objective and honest look at the role of federal preemption can play when it comes to successfully updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In a four-page article published in the American Bar Association’s Natural [...]

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Listen to the science from Johns Hopkins University: Decreased risk of BPA to newborns

Parents have been concerned about the potential health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on their children for years, based in no small part on scary headlines that have been heavily promoted. Surely parents would be interested, even relieved, to know that their concerns are not well founded. Importantly, a new study helps to put concerned [...]

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What you may have missed at SOT: How ‘show and tell’ can lead to a greater understanding of chemical assessment results

Scientists are exploring new visual approaches to improve how chemical hazard values (and their inherent uncertainties) are determined and communicated to risk managers and the public so that we can all make more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals. At the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting in San Diego last month, Drs. Nancy [...]

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Listening to the Science on BPA in Australia and New Zealand

Consumers can have confidence in the safety of BPA. In recent months, several leading government bodies around the globe have made clear statements in support of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) as it is used in consumer products. These are not merely opinions, but are sound conclusions backed up by comprehensive reviews of the [...]

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GlobalChem 2015: CEPA ICG executive director Amardeep Khosla answers our questions on how to advance chemical regulations in the U.S. and Canada

Canada has made some progress in regulating chemicals under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) — so how can Canada and the U.S. work together to manage chemicals more effectively? Professor John Graham answered three big questions on Monday regarding his keynote speech at this year’s GlobalChem conference about what the U.S. can learn from how [...]

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Why CPSC should address scientific flaws with CHAP report before finalizing phthalates rule

Chemical safety reviews that take place behind closed doors, and which rely on old data and unproven methods, aren’t exactly a role model for sound science. And, they certainly don’t stand out as the kind of solid foundation on which, you would think, the most advanced country in the world would want to base its [...]

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GlobalChem and the road ahead: Why this year’s conference marks the halfway point for one of the most transformative decades for the industry and regulations

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Mike Walls kicked off Tuesday’s GlobalChem regulatory conference with a prediction: “Ten years from now,” Walls said, “We will look back at 2015 as the inflection point in one of the most transformative decades for shaping chemical policy.” If you think about it, it’s easy to see [...]

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