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Frank Kravetz and Harry McCracken

Frank Kravetz, father of ChemADVISOR employee, Lynne Hartnett, with his friend and fellow veteran Harry McCracken at the signing of his book on November 2, 2014 at Concordia Personal Care Home of Monroeville, Pennsylvania.  The event on November 2, 2014, coincides with the anniversary of his capture during WWII when his B-17 was shot down over Germany on November 2, 1944.  Frank’s book is titled, “Eleven Two”, One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom, and was published November 2, 2010.  For more info on this story you can go to:  http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmonroeville/yourmonroevillemore/7062173-74/kravetz-book-mccracken#axzz3IKArlsUH.

 Mr. Kravetz signing his book.

Join us on December 9 as ChemADVISOR and CIS Center review the regulatory environment in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  The discussion will describe the region's approach to chemical control and hazard communication, and will include examples documents and country specific scenarios.  The Webinar is free to attend, but you do need to register!

We will be hosting three sessions:

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About ChemADVISOR

ChemADVISOR, Inc. is the indispensable source of Environmental, Health, Safety and Transportation information.  We specialize in providing global chemical consulting services, regulatory products and expert training to meet our customer’s compliance needs.

  • Consulting: ChemADVISOR provides SDS/label preparation or review of existing MSDS/label for compliance with pertinent regulations. Additionally, ChemADVISOR conducts hazard evaluations, performs gap analysis, as well as provides due diligence activity. ChemADVISOR can also provide global chemical and product registration support.
  • Training: Topics pertain to regulatory compliance and include courses on topics such as GHS, International Hazard Communication, Regional and Country Specific Regulations, SDS Authoring, Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations and REACH. 
  • Database: ChemADVISOR maintains the LOLI (List of Lists) regulatory database.  The LOLI Database that contains over 5000 regulatory lists from around the world, useful for SDS preparation and other regulatory compliance needs. Data sources include inventories, physical properties and toxicity data as well as data necessary for international environmental, health and safety compliance. Data delivery is available in a variety of methods from weekly downloading to online access to quarterly delivery of a CD.

About CIS Center

CIS Center was founded as a non-profit organization which consolidates government and commercial structures with the best experts in the field of regulation and safe handling of chemicals. The mission of CIS Center is to provide professional consultancy assistance for enterprises and regulators concerning chemicals safety across the supply chain and throughout the whole product lifecycle in order to reduce trade barriers. CIS Center’s team includes experts on standardization, classification and labelling of substances and mixture, expert chemists and REACH and GLP consultants which can help your company find individual solutions.

CIS Center objectives:

  • Assistance for supply chain participants in the CIS countries and other countries in the field of chemical product safety including support for the chemicals identification process, classification, labelling, SDS and Russian Safety Passport (RSP) creation, authoring and registration of RSP and other activities.
  • Advisory services for the European Union and CIS legislation compliance.
  • Technical support for chemical importers.

CIS Center also offers companies individual and corporate training sessions and workshops on chemical product safety, preparation of test facilities to comply with GLP Principles, harmonization of regulatory and technical documents and fulfilling its regulatory requirements.

For more information on CIS Center please visit:

http://www.ciscenter.ru/index.php/en/

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM

Among the most recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are the following:

On September 19, 2014, EPA published a notice of receipt of premanufacture notices (PMNs), test marketing exemption applications (TMEAs), and notices of commencement of manufacture or import (NOCs). This notice covered the period from July 1, 2014 to August 22, 2014. It reported the receipt of 115 PMNs, three TMEAs and 57 NOCs.

On October 1, 2014, EPA published a proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for 15 related chemical substances commonly known as nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). For 13 NPs and NPEs, EPA proposed to designate any use as a significant new use, and for two additional NPs, EPA proposed that any use other than use as an intermediate or as an epoxy cure catalyst would constitute a significant new use. Persons subject to this SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before they manufacture (including import) or process any of these 15 chemical substances for a significant new use. According to EPA, the required notification would provide the Agency with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before December 1, 2014.

On October 6, 2014, EPA published a notice of receipt of PMNs and NOCs. This notice covered the period from August 25, 2014 to September 15, 2014. It reported the receipt of 37 PMNs and 29 NOCs.

On October 8, 2014, EPA published technical corrections to final SNURs that were promulgated on September 2, 2014. For the chemical substance identified generically as diisocyanate terminated polycarbodiimide (PMN P-04-640), the Agency inadvertently omitted the de minimus exemption from the worker protection requirements. Also, for the chemical substance identified generically as hexanedioic acid, polymer with .alpha.-hydro-.omega.-hydroxypoly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)],1,1′-methylenebis[4-isocyanatobenzene], dihydroxydialkyl ether and dialkanol ether (PMN P-11-311), EPA identified a typographical error in the PMN number. The technical corrections in this document were issued to correct the omission and the typographical error. They took effect on November 3, 2014.

On October 27, 2014, EPA published direct final SNURs for 52 chemical substances which were the subject of PMNs. Nine of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA Section 5(e) consent orders. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 52 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to notify the Agency at least 90 days before commencing that activity. According to EPA, the required notification will provide the Agency with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. Written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit adverse or critical comments, on one or more of these SNURs must be received on or before November 26, 2014. In the absence of such comments, or notice of intent to submit such comments, these SNURs are effective on December 26, 2014.

On October 31, 2014, EPA published a response to a TSCA Section 21 petition that it received from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) on July 29, 2014. In its petition, CBD requested that the Agency initiate rulemaking under TSCA to address risks related to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride, and phthalates used as plasticizers. The petitioner alternatively requested that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to require additional toxicity testing of these chemical substances. The Agency denied CBD’s TSCA Section 21 petition. However, it continues to review a separate petition that CBD submitted under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

On November 10, 2014, EPA published a direct final rule to amend the list of chemical substances that are partially exempt from reporting under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. More specifically, the Agency determined that it has low current interest in processing and use information for the substances listed in this rule. This direct final rule is effective January 9, 2015, without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment on or before December 10, 2014.

On November 14, 2014, EPA published a notice of receipt of PMNs and NOCs. This notice covered the period from September 16, 2014 to October 3, 2014. It reported the receipt of 31 PMNs and 35 NOCs.

REFERENCES:

Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information.” Federal Register 79 (19 September 2014): 56356-56364. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-19/pdf/2014-22282.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain Nonylphenols and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates; Significant New Use Rule” Federal Register 79 (1 October 2014): 59186-59195. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-01/pdf/2014-23253.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information” Federal Register 79 (6 October 2014): 60154-60157. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/pdf/2014-23772.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Technical Correction” Federal Register 79 (8 October 2014): 60759-60761. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/pdf/2014-24027.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances” Federal Register 79 (27 October 2014): 63821-63840. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-24916.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Discarded Polyvinyl Chloride; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response” Federal Register 79 (31 October 2014): 64722-64725. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/pdf/2014-25849.pdf 

Environmental Protection Agency. “Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances From Reporting Additional Chemical Data” Federal Register 79 (10 November 2014): 66655-66658.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-10/pdf/2014-26640.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency. “Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information” Federal Register 79 (14 November 2014): 68238-68242.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/pdf/2014-26903.pdf

ChemADVISOR’s Janet Neal Speaks on Global Chemical Control Regulations at the October 27 ChemADVISOR EHS&T Seminar in Chicago

ChemADVISOR’s Janet Neal Speaks on Global Chemical Control Regulations at the October 27 ChemADVISOR EHS&T Seminar in Chicago.