"Tug-of-War: EPA and States Take Opposing Action on 1,4-Dioxane," Chemical Watch

"Tug-of-War: EPA and States Take Opposing Action on 1,4-Dioxane," Chemical Watch

October 2, 2019

Brandon D. Zeller, a member of Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law practice, discusses a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that 1,4-Dioxane, a heterocyclic organic compound with a colorless liquid with a faint sweet odor―posed no unreasonable risks to the environment or those who work with it.

In “Tug-of-War: EPA and States Take Opposing Action on 1,4-Dioxane,” Brandon goes in-depth about what 1,4-Dioxane is and where it may be commonly found, the EPA’s risk evaluation of it, and the recent bill that New York State passed banning consumer products that contain 1,4-Dioxane.

“On June 28, 2019, the EPA released its draft risk evaluation for 1,4-Dioxane. The EPA’s initial determination was that 1,4-Dioxane poses no unreasonable risks to the environment and no unreasonable risks to occupational non-users. However, the EPA also concluded that the chemical presents unreasonable risks to workers in certain circumstances. The same day, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control held a public workshop on 1,4-Dioxane risks, and the department is actively considering further regulation. Just two days earlier, the New York legislature approved a bill banning consumer products that contain 1,4-Dioxane from the state.”

Brandon originally published on this topic in Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law Monitor blog and published an expanded follow-up piece with Chemical Watch.

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More about Goldberg Segalla’s Brandon D. Zeller:

Brandon regularly handles environmental litigation involving the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Brandon also has extensive experience handling environmental, liability, and coverage issues for clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as royalty disputes, downhole litigation, environmental claims regarding historical oil and gas operations, and offshore regulatory matters. Brandon also writes for several of the firm’s publications, including the Environmental Law Monitor, the Insurance and Reinsurance Report, and the Asbestos Case Tracker.