We looked briefly at some of the changes made to the Toxic Substances Control Act in our last post. As we noted, those who are harmed by violations of the law, whether well-established provisions or the new ones, should know of their right to hold responsible parties accountable, at least in some certain circumstances.
In our previous post, we began discussing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, particularly with respect to recent updates to the law. As we noted, the primary purpose of the federal law is to regulate the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and manufacturing. Under the recent update of the law, a number changes were made.
Chemical exposure is a daily reality for many people, particularly for those who work in industries which put them in frequent contact with chemicals. Even those of us who do not work in such environments face exposure, though, in our homes, in the food we eat, and in places we frequently on a daily and weekly basis.
In recent posts, we’ve been looking at the topic of coal ash disposal and the potential threat to local environments and populations that can result from failure to abide by federal regulations. The federal coal ash rule establishes specific requirements landfills and surface impoundments, including things like: groundwater monitoring; liner requirements; contamination cleanup; closure of unlined surface impoundments; and restricting the location of new impoundments and landfills.