Update and Action Alert | Statewide Testing for PFAS and New ANR Authority Regarding Chemicals of Concern Advances; Other Chemical Bills Pending Significant Action

This coming week should see relatively little movement on the several chemical bills of concern to Vermont manufacturers and other employers, but this could change quickly in the next week or two.  For additional information and links related to the bills below, click here. PFAS and Chemicals of Emerging Concern The most recent development was […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 1

Caution ahead in petrochemicals.  Chemical & Engineering News 4/6 “The petrochemical industry is spooked.  Shale gas in the US and a long economic expansion brought a decade of unprecedented prosperity for the industry. But speakers at the World Petrochemical Conference, put on in San Antonio last month by the consulting group IHS Markit, warned of […]

ACTION ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

S.37 is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could act on the bill as soon as this coming Tuesday, February 26.  AIV and other stakeholders have provided testimony, and will continue to engage the Committee on this bill. As reported previously, S.37 contains provisions addressing legal and financial liability provisions that had been included […]

ACTION ALERT | Chemical Bill Would Gut Scientific and Health Standards for Product Regulations, Create Unprecedented Agency Discretion

S.55 is currently before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which could pass the bill as soon as this coming week.  As introduced, the bill would critically undermine the integrity and credibility of Vermont’s regulation of chemicals in children’s products (Act 188) by eliminating key scientific and health criteria for adding chemicals to the program […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

Action Alert | Report Highlights Chemicals that Could Receive Additional Regulatory or Legislative Attention, Also Suggests Bans on Certain Products Containing Flame Retardants

Action Request | Contact AIV to Stay Informed and Engaged As noted below, it would benefit all manufacturers to be aware of and review the draft biennial report of the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management, particularly those that file reports under Tier II of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and especially […]

Action Alert | Preparing for Chemical Issues Facing Vermont Manufacturers

Regulation of chemicals and related matters, including new financial and legal liabilities, were major issues in the State House during the last legislative session, even more so than in recent years.  Although AIV and our coalition of stakeholders were ultimately successful in helping to forestall potentially damaging legislation, it can be expected that manufacturers and […]

UPDATE | Status of Major Chemical Legislation

The following are updates on the status of key chemical related legislation addressed in recent posts.  Links are provided to recent posts with more substantive information.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org for more information or to discuss options for engaging on these issues directly.  Also see this post on the related […]

UPDATE & ALERT | Status of Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Products

The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee reviewed a new version of H.560, addressing household products containing a hazardous substance, Thursday. The current draft can be reviewed by clicking here.  It would impose sweeping extended producer responsibility/product stewardship mandates on any manufacturer selling a broad scope of household products containing a hazardous substance.  The […]

ALERT UPDATE | Chemical Regulation:  Significant Developments and Processes Underway, Manufacturer Engagement Critical

There are several legacy legislative and regulatory developments carrying over into 2018 that could significantly impact manufacturers and other companies utilizing or marketing in chemicals and the products they go into, as well as several new bills introduced that would impact a variety of product and process categories. AIV has been and continues to be […]