Dr Steven Brennan

Dr Steven Brennan is an experienced chemical compliance and sustainability expert, specialising in chemical safety, regulation, and sustainable practices in the industry.

EPA Publishes Update on Draft Herbicide Strategy (April 2024)

The EPA continues to engage with various stakeholders to refine the strategy, with the final version scheduled for release by 30 August 2024.

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April 2024

PFAS REACH Restriction Progress: Proposal Submitters Detail Assessment Updates

The collaborative effort aims to refine the initially submitted proposal based on the insights gained from public feedback.

17

April 2024

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Asbestos Risk Evaluation

The EPA is keen on receiving input on the draft evaluation, particularly concerning the assessment methodologies and conclusions drawn.

16

April 2024

EU Introduces Criminal Penalties for Chemical Regulation Breaches: Key Changes

The updated legislation introduces criminal penalties for severe infringements that cause significant environmental damage.

15

April 2024

ECHA Board of Appeal Overturns Agency's Decision in Chemical Mutagenicity Case

The Board identified errors in the Agency's risk assessment regarding the substance's potential for mutagenicity.

15

April 2024

European Court Defines Importation and Registration Guidelines under REACH Regulation

ECJ clarifies that buyers don't need to register substances under REACH if another EU entity has already taken responsibility and registered it.

11

April 2024

Biden-Harris Administration Sets National Drinking Water Standard for PFAS

The rule sets limits for five individual PFAS chemicals and also establishes a combined limit for mixtures of certain PFAS.

10

April 2024

EPA Regulations to Transform Air Quality Standards in Chemical and Polymer Industries

One of the central aspects of the new regulations is the tightened controls on equipment leaks of VOCs in SOCMI.

9

April 2024

EPA Updates Interim Guidance on PFAS Destruction and Disposal

The guidance zeroes in on three large-scale capacity technologies — thermal destruction, landfills, and underground injection.

8

April 2024

UK Launches Public Consultation on PFAS in Firefighting Foams

The incorporation of PFAS into firefighting foams has raised significant environmental and health concerns.

4

April 2024

UK Government Publishes Results of POPs Public Consultation

As the consultation process concludes, the government faces the challenge of translating stakeholder feedback into effective policy measures.

4

April 2024

UK Declares Non-Approval for 63 Active Substances in Biocidal Products Regulations

Manufacturers, suppliers, and users are urged to review the list and prepare for the upcoming changes to ensure compliance.

2

April 2024

EPA Implements New Measures to Safeguard Endangered Species from Harmful Insecticides

The mitigation measures are for the use of three widely-used insecticides: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion.

2

April 2024

EPA Issues Warning on Herbicide Dacthal

Used extensively in agricultural and non-agricultural settings, DCPA is a key herbicide for crops like broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, and onions.

1

April 2024

EPA Initiates Lead Inspection Campaign in Manchester, NH, to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning

The campaign's primary focus is on ensuring adherence to the Toxic Substances Control Act's lead paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

29

March 2024

‘Forever chemicals’: French MPs Move PFAS Product Ban Forward

The bill mandates phasing out of PFAS in a variety of consumer products, leading up to a complete prohibition on all PFAS in textiles by the year 2030.

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March 2024

EPA Initiates New Testing on PFAS Chemicals to Address "Forever Chemicals" Crisis

3M and Wacker Chemical to test 2-(N-Methylperfluoro-1-octanesulfonamido)ethanol (NMeFOSE) under EPA order.

25

March 2024

European Union Set to Enforce Poison Centre Notifications

Inspectors are set to verify the submission of poison centre notifications by suppliers.

25

March 2024

EPA Reports a 21% Decrease in Toxic Chemical Releases Over a Decade

The EPA's analysis details how facilities are handling their chemical waste, emphasizing a shift towards more sustainable practices.

21

March 2024

EU Adopts Stricter Regulations on Harmful Flame Retardant to Boost Environmental Protection

Significant changes include the reduction of the Unintentional Trace Contaminant (UTC) limit for HBCDD from 100 mg/kg to 75 mg/kg in most uses.

21

March 2024

Critical Deadlines for Biocide Active Substance Renewals in Great Britain

This notice includes essential deadlines for the renewal of active substances under the GB Biocidal Products Regulation.

21

March 2024

EPA Seeks Expert Reviewers for 1,1-Dichloroethane Risk Evaluation

Nominations are to be submitted by 11 April 2024, marking a crucial phase in the evaluation process.

21

March 2024

HSE Reports Failings on Metalworking Fluids Usage

Metalworking fluids, also referred to as 'white water,' pose serious health risks when workers are exposed through inhalation or direct contact.

21

March 2024

EU Launches Public Consultation on Phthalates in Medical Devices

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the preliminary guidelines by submitting written comments.

21

March 2024

EU Sets New Standards to Protect Workers from Lead and Diisocyanates Exposure

The directive, effective from 13 March 2024, revises the existing occupational exposure and biological limit values for lead and its inorganic compounds.

19

March 2024

CoRAP 2024-2026: A Critical Step Towards Safer Chemical Use in the EU

The newly updated CoRAP list incorporates 11 substances that have never been evaluated under this scheme before.

19

March 2024

Defra Opens Public Consultations on RoHS Exemptions

These consultations, which are critical in shaping future policies, are open to stakeholders until 11:45 pm on 10 May 2024.

18

March 2024

Detailed Overview of the Asbestos Ban under the Biden-Harris Administration

The new regulations target the cessation of chrysotile asbestos use, which is prevalent in various products.

18

March 2024

UK Adopts Amendments to Biocidal Products Regulations

These amendments introduce modern testing methodologies, stress the reduction of vertebrate testing, and mandate pre-submission consultations with competent authorities.

18

March 2024

European Commission Updates Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food Regulation

The new definition includes manufactured materials consisting of solid particles, with a significant portion (50% or more) having external dimensions within the nanoscale (1 nm to 100 nm).

15

March 2024

EPA Releases Preliminary Findings on Formaldehyde Risks, Invites Public Review

The draft highlights that the greatest risk of formaldehyde exposure occurs in workplaces where it is used without protective measures.

15

March 2024

Grace GmbH Challenges ECHA Over REACH Registration Data Approach

The dispute, catalogued as Case A-002-2024, revolves around ECHA's insistence on additional testing for lanthanum chloride, anhydrous.

15

March 2024

European Commission Mandates Development of Formaldehyde Guidelines

Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound known for its preservative and adhesive properties, has been under scrutiny due to its potential health risks.

14

March 2024

EPA Updates Chlorpyrifos Regulations Following Court Decision

These amendments will permit the continued sale and distribution of existing stocks of these specified products until predetermined deadlines.

14

March 2024

European Commission Extends Deadline for Biocidal Substance Review to 2030

The extension to 2030 reflects the European Commission's commitment to conducting a thorough and meticulous review of biocidal substances.

14

March 2024

EU Unveils New Regulation to Bolster Safety of Plastic Food Contact Materials

The proposed update aims to intensify quality control measures under Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic Food Contact Materials (FCMs).

13

March 2024

EU Amends Cadmium Exemption in Electronics, Tightening Use in Quantum Dot LEDs

The new directive specifies that cadmium can be used in downshifting semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots directly deposited on LED chips.

13

March 2024

EU Commission Renews Approval for Hydrolysed Proteins as Low-Risk Active Substance

Hydrolysed proteins are integral to the EU's integrated pest management strategies.

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March 2024

EU Moves to Align Fertilising Products' Biodegradability Criteria with REACH Microplastics Restrictions

By tightening biodegradability standards for fertilising products, the EU aims to set a precedent in reducing the release of harmful materials into our ecosystems.

8

March 2024

EU Commission Advances REACH Defence Dialogue

The strategy will improve EDA initiatives to address REACH issues, safeguarding defence innovation and readiness by early risk mitigation.

6

March 2024

EPA Announces Critical Updates on Streptomycin Usage

The EPA issued a Notice of Use Termination and an Existing Stocks Order for Time-Limited Use on Citrus Crop Group 10-10 for these products.

6

March 2024

CJEU Mandates Free Access to Harmonized Standards for REACH

The European Commission is now mandated to facilitate access to these requested harmonized standards.

5

March 2024

EPA Publishes Updated Risk Assessment for Malathion Highlighting No Human Health Risks

Malathion serves a critical role in agriculture and public health, targeting pests on a variety of plants and controlling mosquito populations.

4

March 2024

Proposal for New EU Directive on Environmental Protection Through Criminal Law

The proposed directive directly impacts several key EU chemicals legislations including REACH.

1

March 2024

EU Postpones Expiry Date for Indoxacarb's Biocidal Use to 2026

The latest postponement to 31 December 2026, addresses unforeseen challenges in the evaluation.

1

March 2024

EU Delays Expiry Date for Cholecalciferol Approval in Biocidal Products

Cholecalciferol is noted for its endocrine-disrupting properties, potentially causing adverse effects in humans.

1

March 2024

EPA Seeks Public Input on Formaldehyde Risk Evaluation Peer Reviewers

The public is encouraged to submit their comments and feedback on these candidates by 14 March 2024.

29

February 2024

EU Postpones Expiry Date for Rodenticide Approvals Amidst Comprehensive Evaluation

Originally due to expire on 30 June 2024, the approvals have been postponed to allow for a comprehensive review.

29

February 2024

EPA Seeks Experts for Critical Review of Phthalates Risk Evaluations

Both chemicals, commonly used as plasticizers in PVC, have similar physical properties and potential human and environmental exposure risks.

29

February 2024

HSE Publishes 2023 Achievements in REACH Registration Dossier Evaluations and the 3Rs

The report indicated that 53 valid dossiers for novel substances were submitted, with compliance checks completed on 29 (55%) by the end of the year.

28

February 2024

EPA Takes Action Against New England Companies for Pesticide Reporting Violations

The fines are as follows: Seaman Paper Company is fined $1,400, Ferti Technologies CT Corp $1,000, and Exoban, LLC $500.

28

February 2024

ECCA Challenges General Court's Decision on Plant Protection Products

The challenge is based on several legal grounds, highlighting perceived misinterpretations and procedural errors in the original judgment.

26

February 2024

European Commission Announces Public Hearing on Phthalates in Medical Devices

Interested participants are required to register by the 17 March, 2024, with the event operating on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited space.

26

February 2024

Urgent Deadlines Approaching for Active Substance Submissions and Renewals in GB

These submissions are crucial for maintaining the marketability and use of certain biocidal products within Great Britain.

26

February 2024

European Commission Proposes Regulation Amendment for Radish Leaves

Large radish leaves follow kale MRLs; small ones match Roman rocket's, due to different growth traits.

22

February 2024

EU MRL Revisions to Affect PPP Regulations in Northern Ireland

Stakeholders are advised to consult the EU MRL database to determine the impact on various commodities. Use Foresight.

22

February 2024

EPA Seeks Penalties for Unlawful Pesticide Sales in St. Louis

The EPA filed a complaint seeking $149,659 in civil penalties from Tommy Wilson for selling pesticides.

22

February 2024

Upcoming EU Active Substance Approval and Expiry Dates Critical for Northern Ireland Market

The upcoming deadlines underscore the importance of staying informed and taking necessary actions to comply with regulatory requirements.

21

February 2024

ECHA Publishes Screening Report on Diglyme

The report suggests no current risk from Diglyme in articles as it's unlikely present in cars, electronics, or plastics.

21

February 2024

EU General Court Upholds Cypermethrin Approval Amid Environmental Concerns

Since 2006, the EU-approved insecticide cypermethrin faces PAN Europe's challenge over EFSA's concerns for bees and aquatic life.

21

February 2024

RAC and SEAC Opinion on Creosote and Related Substances Published

The proposed restrictions are scheduled to take effect 12 months after their formal adoption.

20

February 2024

HSE Extends Expiry Dates for Biocidal Substances Until January 2027

Some of the notable substances with extensions include Copper (II) hydroxide, Hydrochloric acid, and Cholecalciferol.

19

February 2024

Legal Challenge Against EU Commission Over Abamectin Approval

PAN Europe argues that the Commission's decision violates the EU's precautionary principle.

18

February 2024

HSE Announces Withdrawal of Willaertia subsp. magna, C2c.Maky From Northern Ireland

Uses include products designed for controlling harmful organisms in industrial processes, such as water treatment and cooling systems.

16

February 2024

UK Government Publishes Substance Priorities for REACH Programme 2023 to 2024

The programme prioritises PFAS, focusing on assessing and potentially restricting its widespread use in consumer products.

15

February 2024

EPA Extends Deadline for Polymer Exemption Reporting

The new deadline is now set for 31 March 2024, offering relief to companies facing difficulties with the electronic reporting tool.

15

February 2024

EPA Unveils Method for Detecting PFAS in Plastic Containers

The novel method allows for the accurate detection and quantification of 32 PFAS compounds directly from the container walls.

15

February 2024

State of Play: EU Advances 'Farm to Fork' Strategy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) reveals the current state of play of the strategy in a recent report.

14

February 2024

EPA Awards $10 Million to Oregon State University for Pesticide Safety Education

The $10 million funding, spanning five years from 2024 to 2029, is part of a broader effort to ensure the safe use of pesticides across the nation.

14

February 2024

EPA Announces Expert Panel for TCEP Risk Evaluation Peer Review

The EPA is also poised to conduct a virtual public meeting on 5 March 2024 where stakeholders can oral public comments.

14

February 2024

EPA Responds to Court Ruling on Dicamba Herbicide

The EPA issues an Existing Stocks Order which is specifically tailored for the 2024 growing season.

14

February 2024

UK Announces Non-renewal of Biocidal Product Approval

Affected companies with GB BPR product authorisations or Control of Pesticides Regulations product approvals will be contacted by the HSE.

14

February 2024

ECHA Unveils New Guidance to Shield Bees from Biocidal Threats

The newly released guidance offers a detailed approach for evaluating the risk that biocides, particularly insecticides and acaricides.

14

February 2024

ECHA Evaluates Stilbenesulfonic Acid Ditriazine Dyes for Regulatory Needs

The substances are primarily used as optical brighteners or whitening agents in the production of paper products and textiles.

12

February 2024

European Commission Proposes Ban on Use of Bisphenol A in Food Contact Materials

The draft strictly prohibits the use of BPA in the manufacture of food contact plastics, varnishes, coatings, printing inks and more.

9

February 2024

Regulatory Changes for Active Bromine Biocidal Products in Great Britain

The absence of support for these bromine-based product types means they are subject to removal from the GB market.

8

February 2024

EPA Introduces Finalised Revisions to TSCA Fees Rule

The finalised rule introduces reduced fees for EPA-initiated risk evaluations and new chemical submissions.

8

February 2024

EPA Announces Opinion in Endangered Species Review for Carbaryl and Methomyl Pesticides

Carbaryl and methomyl, widely employed pesticides, have been under scrutiny due to their potential impacts on wildlife.

8

February 2024

ECHA Proposes Adding Five Substances to REACH Authorisation List

Stakeholders are encouraged to contribute updated use information and comments, with consultations open until 7 May 2024.

7

February 2024

Launch of Groundbreaking Initiative to Revolutionise Chemical Safety Assessments

The consortium brings together a diverse array of expertise, including the department for experimental toxicology and ecology at BASF.

7

February 2024

EPA Enhances Endangered Species Protections Amid Pesticide Concerns

The initiative marks a significant pivot in the EPA's approach to integrating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with FIFRA.

7

February 2024

EESC Weighs in on Mercury Regulation Amendments

The committee praises the move to end dental amalgam use, backed by safer, mercury-free filling options.

6

February 2024

EPA and USDA Collaborate to Safeguard Endangered Species and Promote Sustainable Farming

The MOU also paves the way for joint outreach efforts, with the EPA and USDA planning to engage stakeholders.

6

February 2024

EPA Reinstates Chlorpyrifos Tolerances Following Court Order

The reinstatement of the tolerances allows for its continued use under specific conditions outlined by the EPA.

5

February 2024

EU Commission Faces Legal Challenge Over Microplastics Regulation

Goodwill M + G says EU microplastics rule unfairly bans glitter in their Christmas decor, hurting their business.

5

February 2024

EU Commission Decides Against PPP Approval of Asulam-Sodium

A pivotal aspect of the assessment was the evaluation of asulam-sodium's potential endocrine-disrupting properties.

2

February 2024

EPA Proposes to Classify Nine PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Under RCRA

EPA's evaluation concluded that these nine PFAS compounds meet the necessary criteria for hazardous designation.

1

February 2024

ECHA Fees to be Updated in Line with Inflation

This initiative seeks to amend Commission Regulation 340/2008 on the fees and charges payable to ECHA.

1

February 2024

EPA Releases New Guidance on "Absence of an Ingredient" Claims for Pesticide Labels

This move is anticipated to have a considerable impact on how products are marketed and labelled.

1

February 2024

EPA Advances Environmental Protection with New PFAS Testing Methods

The newly unveiled Method 1633 allows for the detection of 40 PFAS compounds across a wide array of samples.

1

February 2024

EU Court Rules on Oxo-Degradable Plastics Dispute

The court case underscored a significant debate on environmental policy and the scientific assessment of plastic biodegradability.

31

January 2024

EPA Launches Advanced Test for 6PPD-quinone

This development is part of the EPA's broader initiative to assess the environmental impact of 6PPD-quinone and its derivatives.

31

January 2024

European Chemicals Agency Unveils Ambitious Strategy for 2024-2028

ECHA outlines an expansion of its legal mandate, primarily influenced by the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the EU Green Deal.

30

January 2024

ECHA Unveils ECHA CHEM: A New Chemicals Database

ECHA CHEM features information from all the over 100,000 REACH registrations submitted by companies.

30

January 2024

EPA Boosts Online Tools for Greener Federal Purchasing, Targets PFAS and Plastics

The EPA has updated its recommendations to exclude ecolabels or standards that solely address individual PFAS chemicals.

30

January 2024

EPA Announces Webinar on Chemical Safety Evaluation

This session will focus on the evaluation process for acetaldehyde, acrylonitrile, benzenamine, MBOCA, and vinyl chloride under TSCA.

30

January 2024

EPA Announces Public Comment Period for Draft Updates to Scientific Integrity Policy

The EPA values external input on its Scientific Integrity Policy and is open to incorporating public feedback into the final revised policy.

29

January 2024

EPA Seeks Input for Farmworker Pesticide Safety Program

Discover how the EPA's new initiative aims to enhance pesticide safety for farmworkers.

26

January 2024

GB Biocide Substance Renewal Deadlines Approaching

Failure to submit renewal applications at least 550 days before the expiry of the current approval will result in the removal of these substances from the market.

26

January 2024

EU to Update Surface Water Pollutants Watch List in 2024

The EU plans to revise its watch list of surface water pollutants in 2024 to better monitor and control chemical risks.

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January 2024

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