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 […]

UPDATED ACTION ALERT | Legislative and Regulatory Developments Regarding Children’s Products

There are currently two ongoing developments related to Vermont’s Chemicals of High Concern to Children statutes, Chapter 38a of VSA 18 (click here for the statutes).  As you might know, this law (often referred to as Act 188) requires public reporting on products marketed for children that contain one or more of 66 chemicals.  It […]

UPDATED ALERT | Fees and Public Reporting for Manufacturers of Hazardous Household Products

H.560 as introduced would require manufacturers selling household products containing hazardous substances, with certain exemptions, to register and report detailed information about every such product by UPC code or European Article Number, and pay $100 annual for each individual UPC/EAN report, with the money raised going to ANR and solid waste districts.  These reports would […]

ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

Legislation, S.197, was introduced for the new legislative session that contains provisions addressing two of the three legal and financial liability provisions that had been included in the original version of S.103, the wide ranging chemical bill introduced last year. Specifically, S.197 would (1) expose any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and […]

ALERT & FEEDBACK REQUEST | Vermont Fair Repair Act and Access to Product Information

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs is reviewing S.180, which proposes to require manufacturers to make repair manuals and other information, including potentially proprietary or other sensitive information, available to independent repair service providers in addition to authorized repair operations. Certain categories of manufacturers would be exempt, at least under the […]

Broad Review of Chemical Regulation in Vermont:  Interagency Committee on Chemical Management

Governor Scott last summer signed an Executive Order to address several chemical regulatory issues that should be of interest to manufacturers, retailers, and other companies in Vermont and nationally.  AIV had been and continues to be actively engaging on these issues with a coalition of Vermont manufacturers and national trade associations, and we encourage Vermont […]

UPDATE | Manufacturers and Retailers Urged to Prepare: Changes in Vermont Chemical Regulations Unlikely this Year, But Significant Proposals Expected Next Year

S.103, addressing chemical regulations, was referred last week to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, and is unlikely to be taken up before the Legislature adjourns for the year.  As reported previously, the House-passed version of this bill includes several provisions that would critically undermine the integrity and credibility of the scientific and health-based criteria […]