TSCA OVERHAUL NEGOTIATIONS MOVING FORWARD

 

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Congress began serious bicameral TSCA-reform negotiations two weeks ago, Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry Council told reporters this morning. Had those negotiations started two months ago, legislators could have wrapped up a bill by now, he said.

Dooley spoke this morning at GlobalChem, the annual chemical regulation conference from the Society of Chemical Manufactures & Affiliates and the American Chemistry Council, where he introduced Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, to a full house.

Jones and Cleland-Hamnett outlined priorities for 2016.

 

Here's the short list of what they touched on:

• On TSCA reform:

  • "If we get a bill signed implementing that bill will be a priority," said Cleland-Hamnett.

 • On three Section 6 rules under development: expect the first to be proposed late summer or early fall and two more by end of year.

• EPA developing a rule to require chemical makers to generate new data for certain flame retardants

• Also anticipated in 2016:

    • final rule: Section 8 nanoscale reporting

    • final rule: emissions standards for composite wood products

    • proposal: modifications to PCB use authorizations