Tag Archives: Safety

A new year, but the same unworkable Safe Chemicals Act

Capitol Hill was a busy place last week. Major issues like the federal budget, gun control and immigration were dominating the headlines. One thing many people may have missed was the introduction of the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013” (SCA), a bill that seeks to make changes to the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). [...]

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Re: “Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?” in Sunday’s NYT

ACC’s members are serious about their responsibility to produce chemistries that offer important safety, performance and durability benefits and that can be used safely. Our members undertake extensive scientific analyses to evaluate potential risk of their chemicals, from development through use and safe disposal. We work with regulators, retailers and manufacturers to provide them with information about [...]

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Endocrine disruption, risk-based decision making and transatlantic regulatory coherence

There’s an important and ongoing debate in the U.S. and the EU about chemicals that may interact with the endocrine system to cause harmful effects in wildlife or on human health. In this post, we’ll work to answer some of the key questions driving the debate: What are endocrine disruptors? What does the latest science [...]

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Philadelphia Inquirer gets it wrong on EPA’s authority under TSCA

It’s clear that there is broad agreement that it is time to update the primary law that regulates chemicals in commerce, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For that to happen, we must be sure that everyone has an accurate understanding of the regulations currently in place and how federal agencies use them. Chemical [...]

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PR stunts miss the point on safety

If you read today’s USA Today, you know activists have sprung a ‘new’ campaign to stop America’s top retailers from selling hundreds – even thousands – of the products that families rely on every day, even though the chemicals contained in those products have been approved by EPA or other regulators. In some cases, the [...]

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Experts to California: Open flame test is important

It has been a week since the comment period ended in California for TB-117-2013, a proposal that would remove the state’s open flame test for upholstered furniture, and already it is becoming clear that those with a grounded understanding of fire safety codes are weighing in on the side of keeping an open flame test. [...]

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NAFRA companies look forward to working with EPA on flame retardant assessments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release this week saying it would begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, including some flame retardants, in order to fully understand their health and environmental effects. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) is encouraged that EPA has undertaken an initial screening of a number [...]

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California Bureau hears public comments on proposal to reduce fire safety

The California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (the Bureau) is holding a hearing today to accept final public comments on a draft regulation that would eliminate the state’s open flame test for upholstered furniture. The hearing comes at a time when, according to the National [...]

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Two more lessons learned from GlobalChem 2013

1. Better Data, Better Decisions One of the major issues raised around the effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) centers around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) understanding of chemicals in commerce. For example, the current TSCA inventory includes more than 84,000 chemicals. However, it is widely recognized the inventory does not reflect [...]

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Council of independent scientists advises flame retardant industry

It’s important that industry maintain an ongoing dialogue with the scientific community. One example of how industry engages the deep knowledge of scientific experts comes from the North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA). NAFRA represents three of the world’s largest manufacturers of flame retardants — the chemicals that act to protect safety by helping to [...]

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