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U.S. EPA Initiates First Bid to Restrict or Ban a Chemical -- Trichloroethylene (TCE) -- Under "New" TSCA (08/15/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the first effort under the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to restrict or ban a chemical. The new proposed rule, which was sent for Office of Management and Budget review in late July but is not yet available to the public, seeks to address perceived risks to workers and consumers exposed to the once-prevalent degreaser, tricholoroethylene (TCE). EPA has not attempted such a TSCA Section 6 regulation in 25 years, since its efforts to ban asbestos were derailed in 1991.

New Waste Tracking Feature Helps Building Managers Save Money and Support a Healthy Environment (08/10/2016)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled today a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers. Reducing waste and reusing materials more productively through sustainable materials management over their entire lifecycles conserves resources, helps communities remain economically competitive and supports a healthy environment.

EPA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Public from Exposure to Formaldehyde (07/27/2016)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today moves to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The agency worked with the California Air Resources Board to help ensure the final national rule is consistent with California requirements for composite wood products. "We are carrying out important measures laid out by Congress to protect the public from harmful exposure of this widely used chemical found in homes and workplaces", said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "We have worked with the state of California as a partner to help ensure consistency in our requirements. The new rule will level the playing field for domestic manufacturers who have a high rate of compliance with the California standard and will ensure that imported products not subject to California's requirements will meet the new standard and thus, not contain dangerous formaldehyde vapors."

Wal-Mart Asks Its Suppliers to Stop Using Eight Chemicals (07/26/2016)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods. The chemicals on the list include "certain properties that can affect human health or the environment," Wal-Mart said in a statement Wednesday. The world's largest retailer created the list with help from the Environmental Defense Fund, aiming to get suppliers to find alternatives, said Zach Freeze, Wal-Mart's director for strategic initiatives related to sustainability. The list was limited to eight high-priority chemicals so that Wal-Mart could make meaningful progress.

Updated law boosts EPA regulatory power over chemicals (07/05/2016)
Armed with new powers from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency is readying for action on chemicals. EPA is training its regulatory sights on three long-used solvents that agency scientists determined may pose a serious risk to consumers' health.


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