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March 23, 2015

EPA released the final risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. Read the press release.

March 4, 2015

EPA unveiled a new Safer Choice label to make it easier to find household cleaners and other home products that are safer, more environmentally friendly and effective. Learn about Safer Choice.

January 15, 2015

To ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace, without review EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule under TSCA for Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate (LCPFAC). Learn more about LCPFAC. Read the press release.

In a related action, EPA released companies’ progress reports for 2013 and 2104 to meet phase-out goals of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program. Read the 2014 report and summary tables, and  the 2013 report and summary tables.

January 8, 2015

EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act  to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI). Read additional information and the press release.

December 17, 2014

EPA issued Significant New Use Rules for certain benzidine-based dyes, a phthalate and a chlorinated paraffin chemical, requiring the Agency to review  these chemicals before any new uses can be started or resumed. Read the press release.

December 10, 2014

EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under TSCA to protect the public from seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals, which can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. The rule requires manufacturers and importers to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting or resuming new uses of these chemicals in consumer products. Read more. Read the press release.

November 25, 2014

EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Nonylphenols / Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Significant New Use by 45 days. Comments on the proposal, originally due December 1, 2014, will now be due January 15, 2015. Read the proposed NP/NPE SNUR

November 6, 2014

EPA announced the call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards which will be announced in July 2015. Nominations are due by Dec. 31, 2014. Read the press release. Get the nomination package.

October 23, 2014

EPA announced the updates to its list of chemicals for assessment to reflect new industry data on chemical releases and potential exposures. Read the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments: 2014 Update (36 pp, 673 kb,About PDF).

October 16, 2014

EPA has announced winners of the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovative green chemistry technologies. Read the blog. Read the press release.

October 7, 2014

EPA has updated and improved ChemView, its one-stop database of chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). We have added more chemical information and improved usability, as well as introducing an easy way for you tell us additional improvements you would like to see. Read about the changes.

September 25, 2014

EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule  to require Agency review before a manufacturer starts or resumes use of 15 nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which are not currently in use.

September 9, 2014;

EPA is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey that products bearing the DfE label meet the programís rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment. Today the agency asked a wide range of stakeholders for input on alternative designs for the label. Read the press release.

August 28, 2014

EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for Dichloromethane (DCM), Antimony Trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta[?]-2-benzopyran (HHCB). The DCM assessment identified health risks to workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used. Read the press release.

Consumer Fact Sheet on DCM

June 25, 2014

EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for Trichloroethylene (TCE) (PDF) (212 pp, 3.0 mb, About PDF), identifying health risks from exposure when used as a degreasing agent, a spot removal agent in dry-cleaning and as a spray arts fixative. Read the press release. Read the blog.

May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014 -- EPA announced that it is seeking public comment on a tailored approach to identifying and evaluating potential hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings. Read more.

May 9, 2014

EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on the types of chemical information that could be reported and disclosed under TSCA and on approaches to obtaining this information for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities (25 pp, 243 kb, About PDF). Read the press release.

April 17, 2014

Lowe’s has agreed to a implement a compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores to ensure that contractors it hires to perform work will minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, to protect the public. Lowes also agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty. Read the press release.

April 8, 2014

EPA announced it is extending the public comment period for 30 days and is hosting a public meeting to get additional input on its June 2013 formaldehyde proposal as it pertains to laminated products. Read more.

December 11, 2013

EPA has announced this year's winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovative green chemistry technologies. Read the blog and press release.

November 20, 2013

EPA is seeking comments on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. The guidelines would help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. Get more information and read the press release.

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