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US DOT Emergency Order on Transport of Petroleum Crude Oil by Rail

March 6, 2014

The US Secretary of Transportation issued an Amended Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order on March 6, 2014.

The order requires "all persons who offer for transporation, or transport, in tank cars by rail in commerce to, from and within the United States, a bulk quantity of petroleum crude oil" to:

1. ensure that the material is properly tested;

2. treat Class 3 petroleum crude oil as a Packing Group (GP) I or PG II hazardous material only;

3. not reclassify crude oil with the intent to circumvent the requirements of the Amended Order.

Retail Industry Leaders Association: New SDS Initiative

January 22, 2013

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have announced a plan to increase the efficiency of the , required by law for providing chemical information for retailers by suppliers.

California Prop 65: C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 and DMNM Known to Cause Cancer

February 7, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 (CAS No. 2832-40-8) and 2,6-dimethyl-N-nitrosomorpholine (DMNM) (CAS No. 1456-28-6) to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, as defined by Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). The measure is effective as of February 8, 2013.

US EPA Releases Chemical Data Reporting Information

February 11, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the non-confidential as it pertains to the manufacturing and processing of chemicals used in the United States. The CDR provides information for over 7,600 different chemicals used in commerce, 354 of which are used in children's products such as toys, playground equipment, and arts and crafts materials.

US EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information

February 22, 2013

On February 22, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a list of newly which previously have been treated as Confidential Business Information (CBI). The EPA, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), also posted its progress for making chemical information more readily available to the public.

California OEHHA Revises RELs for 1,3-Butadiene

March 1, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have revised the "" document for by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. The revisions of the draft were made due to comments from the Scientific Review Panel's meeting on the subject on October 16, 2012.

US EPA's Science Advirsory Board Forms Hydraulic Fracturing Research Panel

March 25, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through the independent Science Advisory Board (SAB), has announced the to review the 2014 draft of results for the Agency's national study on the potential environmental and health effects regarding hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.

California Proposition 65: OEHHA Proposes MADLs for Methanol

March 16, 2012

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has officially given notice that they propose to define Proposition 65 . In regards to inhalation limits, methanol's maximum levels have been set at 47,000 micrograms per day. In terms of ingestion, the OEHHA has stated 23,000 micrograms per day as the Maximum Allowable Dose.

EPA: Life-Cycle Assessment of Nanoscale Technology: Lithium-ion Bateries for Electric Cars

April 30, 2013

The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program from the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics have formed a partnership with the National Risk Management Research Laboratory in EPA's Office of Research and Development to conduct a screening-level .

California Prop 65: Governor Brown Seeks Reforms

May 7, 2013

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed in order to strengthen and restore the Act's original intent. Passed in 1986, Proposition 65 was designed to protect citizens of the state from harmful chemicals; however, Governor Brown believes that it has been abused by "unscrupulous lawyers" driven by profits as opposed to public health.

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