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by June Kang

The Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) has proposed amendments to Korea’s inventory, the Korea Existing Chemicals Inventory (KECI). The proposed amendments, MOE’s public announcement No. 2015-0360, were made on May 12, 2015. Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 21, 2015.

Highlights of the proposed amendments include the following:

  1. Clarification on the officially notified toxic chemical substances after completing a hazard assessment under the Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TCCA) that are to be incorporated into the KECI. Officially notified toxic chemical substances that are assigned an identification number known as a TCCA number would be considered as existing chemical substances.
  2. The addition of substances, for which a hazard assessment under TCCA has been completed 3 years ago (January 1, 2012 ~ March 31, 2012), to the KECI as identification numbers 2015-3-6167 to 2015-3-6238 (total of 72 substances).
  3. The addition of substances, for which a hazard assessment under TCCA has been completed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, to the KECI as identification number 2015-3-6239 to 2015-3-7116 (total of 878 substances).

Reference:

MOE’s public announcement No. 2015-0360, the proposal on partial amendments of KECI (Korean): http://www.me.go.kr/home/web/index.do?menuId=68

 

 

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on the proposed rule for nanoscale materials on June 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See our previous blog article, “EPA Proposes New Requirements for Nanoscale Materials,” dated 13 April 2015, regarding the proposed rule.

The meeting will be held at the East William Jefferson Clinton Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. According to EPA, the public meeting will provide an opportunity for further discussion of the proposed requirements and is intended to facilitate comments on all aspects of the proposed rule.

Requests to participate in the meeting should be submitted to:

Jim Alwood
Chemical Control Division (7405M)
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460-0001
telephone number: 202-564-8974
e-mail address: alwood.jim@epa.gov

According to EPA, there will be no provision for remote participation in the public meeting. However, anyone can submit comments, in accordance with the instructions in the proposed rule, without attending the meeting.

Reference:

Environmental Protection Agency. “Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; Notice of Public Meeting” Federal Register 80 (8 May 2015): 26518-26519. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-08/pdf/2015-11215.pdf

by Tammy J. Murphy

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) authorizes the Ministers of Health and of the Environment to conduct research and collect information on a wide variety of substances that may contaminate the environment or cause adverse effects on human health and/or the environment. If a substance is determined to be ''toxic,'' as per CEPA 1999, Environment Canada and Health Canada are then responsible for implementing preventive and/or control actions for any or all phases of that substance's ''life cycle.'' This is done to prevent or control the substance's release into the environment; the substance(s) are subsequently added to CEPA, 1999, Schedule 1, List of Toxic Substances.

It has been found that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a contributor to ground-level ozone formation. As such, “volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions” are included on Schedule 1. However, within the Schedule 1 VOC entry, there is a corresponding list of substances that are excluded from this group. These are substances in which there is evidence that they are not major contributors to the formation of ground-level ozone. The proposed amendments would add 16 substances to this list of excluded VOCs. The proposed excluded substances include:

  • 1,1,1,2,2,3,3-Heptafluoro-3-methoxy-propane
  • 3-Ethoxy-1,1,1,2,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,6,-Dodecafluoro-2-(trifluoromethyl) hexane
  • 1,1,1,2,3,3,3-Heptafluoropropane
  • Methyl formate
  • Tertiary butyl acetate
  • 1,1,1,2,2,3,4,5,5,5-Decafluoro-3-methoxy-4-trifluoromethyl-pentane
  • Propylene carbonate
  • Dimethyl carbonate
  • trans-1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene
  • HFE-134 (HCF2OCF2H)
  • HFE-236ca12 (HCF2OCF2OCF2H
  • HFE-338pcc13 (HCF2OCF2CF2OCF2H
  • HCF2OCF2OCF2CF2OCF2H
  • 2,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene
  • trans-1-Chloro-3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene
  • 2-Amino-2-methyl-1-propanol

There is a 60-day public comment period which commenced on the day of publication of the proposed amendment (May 2, 2015).

Note that there still may be other regulatory requirements for the current excluded substances as well as for the proposed additional substances. There may also be additional regulatory requirements for VOCs, based on use.

Additional information may be found on Environment Canada’s CEPA Registry website. The full text of the proposed amendments can be found in the respective issue of the Canada Gazette.

Reference:

Canada Gazette, Part I, May 2, 2015 edition: http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2015/2015-05-02/pdf/g1-14918.pdf