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It’s been almost five years since the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act overhauled TSCA in the US. Some have called the intervening years “transformational”, and most would agree that the changes have had a significant impact on industry.

What happens under TSCA in the coming years will depend, at least to some extent, on the US EPA’s agenda under the new Biden administration. But whatever the outcome, we can expect continued debates surrounding risk evaluations, new chemical reviews, TSCA fees and more.

Chemical Watch is committed to helping our community understand both the basics and intricacies of TSCA through our regular news coverage, in-depth features, conferences, training and expert assistance from our analyst team. We can also help you stay up to date with state-level developments across the US. 

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Introducing our Chemical Watch experts

Terry Hyland
North America Managing Editor

Kelly Franklin
North America Editor

Nhat Nguyen
Chief Analyst

Terry has spent more than 15 years as a reporter, editor and digital news team leader providing information for legal and regulatory professionals across a variety of topics, including health care, clean energy and toxic substances. He joined Chemical Watch in 2020.

Prior to joining Chemical Watch in 2015,
Kelly managed regulatory affairs for several trade groups in the building products industry. Her academic background is in English and Spanish.

Nhat joined Chemical Watch in April 2018 as Chief Analyst. Nhat is a US licensed attorney, and prior to joining Chemical Watch, Nhat was a regulatory analyst and consultant, advising customers on a range of issues in Asia, the EU and the US.

Recent coverage of TSCA 

News

02 February 2021

01 February 2021

The US EPA has confirmed that its plan to reopen the TSCA inventory to allow businesses to fix confidentiality errors is "undergoing review", following a directive from President Biden to assess pending actions carried over from the past administration.

An Alaskan community group has asked a federal court to review the US EPA’s final TSCA risk management rule for decaBDE, citing concerns over the agency’s decision to continue to allow certain uses of the substance.

Three environmental groups have filed suit over the TSCA risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane, citing concerns that the agency grossly underestimated the risks posed by the solvent.

27 January 2021

US President Joe Biden has directed the EPA and other federal agencies to review and consider rescinding regulations and policies issued in the last four years, including several under the TSCA programme.

21 January 2021

Expert articles

09 February 2021

State governments will forge ahead with new requirements to manage potential chemicals risk in 2021. Chemical Watch chief analyst, Nhat Nguyen, analyses the regulatory landscape and forecasts some of the activities likely to occur this year.

North America managing editor, Terry Hyland, outlines what to expect from TSCA this year as the Biden administration lays out its priorities.

26 January 2021

The head of the agency’s chemicals and pesticides office for the last two years tells Terry Hyland what has been achieved during her tenure – and how the TSCA programme will continue to evolve.

20 January 2021

Special Chemical Watch podcast: US election

Former senior EPA officials Robert Sussman, Erik Baptist and Jeff Morris speak to Chemical Watch 

10 November 2020

After a drawn out election week in the US, all eyes are on the White House to see how President-Elect Joe Biden might use his executive powers to push ahead with his agenda through executive orders – a tool frequently utilised by Presidents Trump and Obama – as well as regulatory actions via federal agencies like the EPA.

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Navigating TSCA eLearning series

This three-part eLearning course will help you understand the basics of TSCA, get a solid grounding in the key areas of the legislation, and gain an in-depth understanding of key issues such as the premanufacture notification process and confidential business information (CBI). 

Each part of the course is led by experts from Bergeson & Campbell PC, is easy to follow and allows you to study at your own pace. All you need is a device with an internet connection and you can start your learning right away. 

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Training course

Understanding the US EPA New Chemical Review Process and the Application of Predictive Models in Risk Assessment

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10 February 2021

The US EPA continues to face public pressure to immediately ban concerning uses of substances, with a group of campaigners last week calling on the agency not to wait to complete its TSCA risk management rules to address workplace applications of methylene chloride paint removers.

03 February 2021

The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance has submitted a request for correction on the TSCA risk evaluation of carbon tetrachloride, citing concern with "errors" in the US EPA’s review that led to "inaccurate findings".