U.S. objects to plastic waste trade agreements

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sends letter objecting to adoption of plastic waste trade regulations between OECD member states, against recent Basel Convention amendments

TSCA and confidential business information

Court finds that U.S. EPA needs to revise substantiation required for companies to claim confidential business information under Toxic Substances Control Act; Environmental Defense Fund calls for new consultation on proposed rule

EPA: Priority substances for TSCA evaluation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prioritizes 20 substances to undergo risk evaluation according to Toxic Substances Control Act; list includes several solvents, phthalates, flame retardants, chemical intermediates with food contact relevance; public consultation now open

NGO maps PFAS contamination

The Environmental Working Group publishes report mapping PFAS contamination across U.S. sites, calls for banning PFAS in firefighting foams and consumer products including food packaging

Can regulation keep up with science?

Article by Undark discusses scientific advances in toxicology, urges U.S. EPA to incorporate new knowledge on toxic chemicals

U.S. EPA holds summit on PFASs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discusses actions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at national summit to be held on May 22-23, 2018 in Washington D.C.

Alternative toxicity testing in the U.S.

U.S. EPA publishes draft strategy for use of alternative toxicity tests in evaluation of chemicals under updated chemicals regulation

U.S. EPA’s activities on perchlorate

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes measure to reduce exposure to perchlorate from drinking water, releases report confirming perchlorate’s effects on fetal brain development

U.S. EPA: Final nano-reporting rule takes effect

Natural Resources Defense Council discusses U.S. EPA’s final nanomaterials reporting rule, highlights improved transparency and opportunities for informed regulatory decisions

Health advocates sue EPA over new TSCA rules

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and other organizations ask U.S. court to review EPA’s final rules on prioritization and risk evaluation of chemicals, claim rules insufficiently protect health and environment