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2014 TSCA Work Plan Assessment Update

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began assessing existing chemicals for risks to human health and the environment and, in October 2014, published the first update to the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. Today we look at how the EPA assesses chemicals under the Work Plan, and tomorrow we will review chemicals added to and removed from the Work Plan list.


EPA Announces Second Largest Civil Penalty for Alleged CWA Violations

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates the discharge of dredged and fill materials into waters of the United States, including wetlands, to protect aquatic life and water quality. Failure to comply with regulations and permitting requirements of Section 404 can bring costly penalties as well as additional costs for injunctive relief activities, such as restoration, monitoring, and training.