Biobased and Renewable Products News: TSCA

July 31, 2015
TSCA Reform—Prospects On Passage And Thoughts On Implementation
Competing proposals are working their way through the House and Senate to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation's primary law for managing chemicals in commerce, including biobased and renewable chemicals. In an article published in the July 23, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, former senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials Charles Auer and James V. Aidala, and attorney Lynn L. Bergeson, Of Counsel to the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), discuss making the bill clearer and how Congressional direction can be ... read more >
July 31, 2015
Renewable Chemicals, Nomenclature, And TSCA: What You Need To Know To Commercialize
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D, Senior Chemist with B&C and advisor to BRAG, delivered an instructive and practical session for biobased product stakeholders at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference on July 16, 2015, covering what TSCA regulates, how the TSCA Inventory works, key nomenclature issues for chemicals made from renewable, biomass, or waste feedstocks, and presenting helpful checklists and case studies to help stakeholders understand what products and byproducts are reportable under TSCA. Key slides are shown below. For a full copy of the ... read more >
July 24, 2015
DOE Looking For Additions To Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee
As reported in last week's update, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy put out a call for nominations for candidates to join the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The Committee meets quarterly, typically for two days, and advises DOE and USDA on the Biomass R&D Initiative. The Committee is looking specifically for engineers or scientists from non-federal government or academia; an individual affiliated with the biobased industrial and commercial products industry; and an individual with ... read more >
July 24, 2015
EPA Issues Direct Final Rule To Mandate Updated Electronic Reporting
The July 20, 2015, Federal Register includes a notice for direct final action to amend the electronic reporting regulations for Section 5 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action goes into effect on January 19, 2016, unless adverse comments are received by August 19, 2015. The rule requires the use of new electronic premanufacture notice (e-PMN) software that is reportedly easier to use. The rule also adds the requirement that "bona fide intents to manufacture" submissions be made electronically, and changes the ... read more >
June 12, 2015
House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015
On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. The bill was praised for its bipartisan support as well as the removal of burdensome testing that has hindered the implementation of TSCA. The modernized TSCA will change how EPA regulates existing chemicals, with EPA first deciding if a chemical poses an unreasonable risk under its conditions of use, and then deciding how to manage the risk. A technical amendment was added to the Act ... read more >
May 22, 2015
Part 3 Of Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy
Part 3 of Biofuels Digest's "Thought Leadership" series highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products was published May 18, 2015. Summaries of the first two "TSCA and the Bioeconomy" articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry program, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., were summarized in the May 7, 2015, BRAG report. "The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part ... read more >
May 15, 2015
Updated Version Of House TSCA Modernization Act Released
On May 12, 2015, Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) released an updated discussion draft of the House version of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015. The Environment and Energy Subcommittee held a hearing to mark up the bill on May 14, 2015. B&C's analysis of the updated discussion draft and the mark-up hearing will be included in next week's update, but will be available on its website at www.lawbc.com ... read more >
May 15, 2015
EPA Issues SNURs For Several Biobased Chemicals
On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including several biobased chemical substances. The rulemaking under Section 5, known as a significant new use rule or SNUR, requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 25 chemical substances for an activity that is designated in the SNUR as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification provides EPA with the ... read more >
May 8, 2015
>Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy
Biofuels Digest is running a "Thought Leadership" series of articles highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products. The articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry program, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., cover key points throughout the manufacturing and commercialization process at which biobased companies need to be aware of TSCA requirements. "The Toxic Substances Control Act and the ... read more >
May 1, 2015
U.S. Senate EPW Committee Passes TSCA Reform Legislation
On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW Committee) passed by a 15-5 vote a version of S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This action by the EPW Committee paves the way for consideration of S. 697 -- legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) -- by the full U.S. Senate. The authors of S. 697, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM), were able to secure the support of four Democrats on the EPW Committee by making certain amendments to the original version of the bill. Several of ... read more >
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