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EPA Takes a Step Forward in PFAS Action Plan

EPA Takes a Step Forward in PFAS Action Plan

On November 25, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking the public for input on adding certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to reporting as...

EPA Makes Progress on PFAS Action Plan

EPA Makes Progress on PFAS Action Plan

The EPA has released a proposed Systematic Review Protocol that, when finalized, will be used to conduct toxicity assessments for five of the variations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Protocol is an amalgamation of the procedures and methods that...

EPA’s Methylene Chloride Ban Faces Legal Challenge

EPA’s Methylene Chloride Ban Faces Legal Challenge

A group of public health and environmental advocacy organizations has filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit challenging the EPA’s partial ban on methylene chloride, a chemical found in paint removal products. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the commercial...

How Technology Is Affecting The Construction Industry

How Technology Is Affecting The Construction Industry

One thing is certain when it comes to the future of the construction industry - change is on the horizon. While the demand for construction is at an all-time high, the workforce is at an all-time low and steadily decreasing. As seasoned tradesman initiate their exit...

Prop 65 Coffee Litigation May Be Drawing To Close

Prop 65 Coffee Litigation May Be Drawing To Close

A new regulation taking effect today, October 1, 2019, may finally put an end to litigation as to whether California’s Proposition 65 warnings are required on coffee due to the presence of acrylamide.  The new regulation states: “Exposures to chemicals in coffee,...

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Home Depot recently announced its intention to remove PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)-coated rugs and carpets from its shelves by the close of 2019.  PFAS are a class of over 4,000 chemicals that are highly persistent in the environment and the human body. ...

EPA Regulates Paint Chemical Under TSCA

EPA Regulates Paint Chemical Under TSCA

The EPA has released guidance on a new rule that prohibits the manufacture, processing, or distribution of a the chemical methylene chloride, a solvent that is present in paint and coating removal products. The agency released this rule under the authority of the...