EPA’s Ban on Methylene Chloride

On May 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride, a highly hazardous chemical known to cause severe health issues, including various forms of cancer, neurotoxicity, and even death.  The EPA’s final rule, executed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is aimed at protecting individuals from […]

EPA Announces Final Rule Banning Use of Asbestos

In a continued effort to improving public health protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a final rule to prohibit ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos, the only form of asbestos currently utilized in or imported to the United States. This landmark decision, unveiled on March 18, 2024, marks the first rule to be […]

TSCA Workplace Exposure Compliance

Navigating TSCA compliance, particularly concerning exposure monitoring for both chemical users and non-users under Section 4 test orders, presents a myriad of complexities. Section 4 of TSCA empowers the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue test orders to gather data on the potential health and environmental effects of chemical substances. However, the challenge arises in […]

E.P.A. Sets New Rules to Limit Damage From Disasters at Chemical Facilities

The Biden administration recently issued new rules designed to prevent disasters at almost 12,000 chemical plants and other industrial sites nationwide that handle hazardous materials. Administration officials called the stronger measures a step forward for safety at a time when hazards like floods and wildfires — made more extreme by global warming — pose a […]