Posts Tagged ‘Toxic Substance Control Act’

TRI: The Now and Future Things

Monday, July 13th, 2015

What does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have on tap for future TRI reports?

A TRI Recap

TRI reports are required to be submitted by facilities with 10 or more full-time employees, in specified Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that manufacture, process, or otherwise use listed TRI chemicals in excess of the established thresholds. The thresholds per calendar year are:

  • 25,000 lbs per toxic chemical manufactured or processed, other than persistent bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals;
  • 10,000 lbs per toxic chemical for chemicals otherwise used, other than PBT chemicals; and
  • As listed in 40 CFR 372.28 for PBT chemicals.

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2014 TSCA Work Plan Assessment Update

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began assessing existing chemicals for risks to human health and the environment and, in October 2014, published the first update to the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments.

In the beginning, back in 2012, the EPA first used several sources to identify chemicals meeting prioritization factor criteria as potential candidates for review, a process that initially identified 1,235 chemicals. Next, the chemicals were screened to determine if any chemicals should be excluded due to other factors, including:  (more…)

EPA Adds New TRI Reporting Category for Nonylphenol

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Action Plan for Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates to look at near-term ways for addressing concerns about the chemicals’ toxicity. In September 2014, the EPA published a final rule adding the chemicals as a reporting category to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), effective beginning in the 2015 reporting year. Below is an overview of the chemicals, the category and compliance applicability.  (more…)

TSCA Chemical Data Reporting

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requirements takes time and knowledge to become or remain compliant. The CDR submission periods are from June 1 to September 30 at 4-year intervals, beginning in 2016. The 2012 CDR submission period, in which 2011 manufacturing, processing, and use and 2010 production volume information was reported, ended August 13, 2012.

There’s still another couple of years until the 2016 TSCA reporting, however, there is no time like the present to get organized. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included several changes in the 2012 reporting requirements, the agency delayed implementation of others until 2016, including: (more…)

TRI Data Show Some Positive Trends

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Every year, thousands of companies submit toxic chemical release data to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) required under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). In November 2013, the EPA released the 2012 TRI National Analysis, the agency’s annual review of how chemicals were managed, where they were released, how the 2012 data compare to the previous year’s data.

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$2.5 M Penalty Assessed for TSCA Violation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The recent court decision penalizing one of the largest chromium manufacturers in the world $2,571,800, for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) violations, is a very serious reminder to chemical manufacturers, processors and distributers to comply with TSCA disclosure requirements.

Statute of limitations is no defense in TSCA violation

The penalty was the result of a complaint filed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the chromium manufacturer who failed to immediately inform EPA’s Administrator of substantial risk information it obtained on October 8, 2002, via receipt of a report entitled Collaborative Cohort Mortality Study of Four Chromate Production Facilities, 1958-1998 – FINAL REPORT. According to EPA, the Report contained information that filled a gap in scientific information available concerning the relationship between exposure to hexavalent chromium and respiratory cancer in modern manufacturing facilities. (more…)

We Talk About it All the Time, but Just What is a Chemical Hazard?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A chemical of relatively low hazard can present substantial risk and, in turn, a chemical with a high hazard might present no measurable risk under certain circumstances.

There are thousands, if not millions, of chemical substances in the world’s marketplace, and in our homes, schools, churches, workplaces, public facilities and in the environment at large. Chemicals are found everywhere. Chemicals are necessary and for the most part good; they purify drinking water, increase crop production, simplify household chores, and are used to manufacture many, if not all, products and goods. However, chemicals can also be hazardous to humans and the environment when used improperly or released uncontrollably. Hazardous uncontrolled chemical releases can occur during production, storage, transportation, handling, use, or disposal. You, your workplace, and your community are at risk if a chemical is released in harmful concentrations into the environment where you live, work, and play. (more…)

Are You Ready for TSCA Reform?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The question most often asked when addressing this topic is, “Are you ready for Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform?” as if it is looming on the horizon but has yet to happen. The truth, however, is that most producers, manufacturers, and importers of chemical substances are dealing with chemical management changes on a daily basis.

Last year, there seemed to be growing momentum on this topic when both the TSCA of 2010 (H.R. 5820) and the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (S. 3209) were introduced. Both bills were immediately referred to congressional committees, where they remained for quite some time. Although one committee hearing was held on H.R. 5820, no further legislative activity was ordered, and because these bills were introduced in a previous session, no further action can occur. So are they dead? Not likely. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session. Although last year’s expedited reform came to a halt, it is safe to say TSCA reform by Congress is not behind us. However, when it will return remains a question. (more…)