Tag Archives: EPA

Nanotechnology Panel shared insights with EPA on proposed nanomaterial rule

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials. Among its many requirements, the proposed rule would call for companies to report production volume, the potential for public exposure and what manufacturing and processing methods are used. Jay West, manager of the Nanotechnology [...]

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EPA’s ozone standard: A defining moment for U.S. manufacturing

As we approach EPA’s March 17 deadline for comments on its proposal lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, Americans should be fully informed of the impacts. In many communities, the answer is simple: Fewer jobs, slower growth. Perhaps the real-world consequences of EPA’s plan are hidden behind confusing terminology. In EPA-speak, [...]

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After 7-year delay, EPA should fully implement current ozone standard

On March 12, 2008, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone at 75 parts per billion (ppb) – the most stringent ever. Last week, EPA finally completed the implementation requirements for states. The rules include deadlines for submitting plans, emission control technologies to be used, and processes [...]

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Evaluating the evidence: an expert view on improving one of EPA’s key chemical assessment programs

A collective effort has been underway the past few years to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver more timely and credible chemical assessments under its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), a program that continues to face scrutiny from regulators, scientists, and industry. A recent report from the National Research Council (NRC) acknowledged that [...]

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Picturing the impact of EPA’s ozone regulations

Updated 2:00 PM EST, December 2, 2014 America’s chemical industry is undergoing a historic expansion, made possible by plentiful, affordable supplies of natural gas and NGLs from shale. But EPA’s upcoming ozone regulations could put the brakes on manufacturing growth in many parts of the country. Bright outlook for chemical industry investment Due to the [...]

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Two keys to a stronger chemical assessment program: Planning for success and avoiding pitfalls

This week’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) workshop on the National Research Council’s (NRC) recommendations for improving federal chemical assessments gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an opportunity to build on the progress it has already made in creating a sound, more transparent, and objective assessment program. While the agenda for the workshop covers [...]

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EPA makes strides to collect input, but needs to broaden its scope to really improve IRIS

ACC is encouraged that the U.S. EPA has sought opportunities to get more input to improve the way the Agency conducts chemical risk assessments. Public workshops are one proven approach to collect input that has been employed by the scientific community for years. And it’s good to see that EPA is making more use of [...]

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TSCA sections 5 and 14 balance health and environmental protections with innovation, growth

As 25 bipartisan cosponsors work in the Senate to bring more of their colleagues on board the comprehensive, balanced Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), introduced in May by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the House is holding hearings of its own to learn more about the current law that [...]

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Strengthening IRIS will lead to more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a public stakeholder meeting last month regarding steps to improve the Agency’s primary chemical safety assessment program, known as the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which acts as a leading source of health risk information for other federal, state and international regulatory bodies. “The best way to deal [...]

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House Energy & Commerce Committee questions the science behind chemical risk assessments

Several members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee met with stakeholders from the regulated community last week to discuss the growing concern around the quality of the science used by the Federal Government and the adverse impact it’s having on U.S. economy. Committee members asked participants to share their experiences on how flawed federal [...]

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