The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized an update to a federal rule designed to protect human subjects who volunteer to perform in studies undertaken at EPA and other federal agencies or with federal funding, seeking to address some of the changes in research and technology since the rule was issued in 1991.
EPA's outgoing toxics chief Jim Jones sees the agency's growing Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) working with the agency's influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program in the research office on chemicals in common as OPPT begins to implement its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorities to screen the safety of thousands of chemicals.
EPA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published, after years of development, their final advice on fish consumption for women who are or may become pregnant, making several changes that appear to address concerns from public health advocates and children's health advisors regarding which fish should be limited or avoided.
EPA has issued a final drinking water guide for radiological emergencies that generally retains highly controversial measures from a draft version, despite a continuing outcry from environmental groups that the guide's allowance of concentrations far in exceedance of Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) limits undermines clean water protections.
EPA is taking initial steps toward developing a “health-based benchmark” to assess the relationship between drinking water lead levels and blood lead levels in children, which could allow the agency to assess the risk of reduced IQ as it prepares to propose revisions to its drinking water Lead & Copper Rule (LCR) later this year.
EPA is proposing a four-step process for implementing a mandate under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that it screen existing chemicals as either high- or low-priority for the purposes of further review, saying its goal is a “pipeline” that will help the agency wade through the backlog of thousands of chemicals in commerce.
EPA is proposing a new process under the update Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for how it will evaluate the potentially unreasonable risks to human health and the environment from the thousands of chemicals currently in commerce, which will help guide the agency as it determines whether issue new rules for some substances.
Manufacturers of the chemical n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in recent meetings with White House and EPA officials urged the agency to drop a proposed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 6(a) rule to limit certain uses of NMP, saying it is unnecessary because EPA has listed NMP as one of 10 high-priority substances to review under TSCA.