Announcements

Legends Environmental Insurance Services Offers EIA Member Insurance Program

EIA is happy to annouce that as a benefit of Membership in the Environmental Information Association, Legends Environmental Insurance Services is offering the EIA Member Insurance Program. Legends Environmental Insurance Services, an IOA Company, provide a full service member insurance program in the areas of business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits and non-insurance benefits. Click here for more information on their services and discounts to EIA Members.

EIA Announces Industrial Hygiene News As New Sponsor Publication

  EIA members will now enjoy, as a added member benefit, the electronic version of the Industrial Hygiene News publication. The Industrial Hygiene News features products and services that help keep employees safe and their organization OSHA compliant. IHN informs and educates occupational safety and health professionals dealing with workplace safety.  This is another exceptional source of providing EIA members up to date industry information.


 

EIA Comments to the Docket Proposed Asbestos SNUR EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0159-0001

Instead of a ban on asbestos, EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for certain uses of asbestos (including asbestos-containing goods) that would require manufacturers and importers to receive EPA approval before starting or resuming manufacturing, and importing or processing of asbestos. This review process would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use of asbestos and, when necessary, take action to prohibit or limit the use. The proposed asbestos SNUR was available for public comment until August 10, 2018 in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0159.

The Environmental Information Association, through its Officers, Board of Directors and members offered the following comments:
- EPA should withdraw and abandon the proposed asbestos SNUR.
- EPA should expand the scope of its risk evaluation to include currently installed asbestos-containing building materials.
- EPA should permanently and completely ban asbestos in the US.
- There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Our detailed comments are included in this submission.
 

Please click here to access EIA's submitted comments.

 

EIA Comments on the EPA 10 Problem Formulation Documents (Including Asebstos) And The Application of Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations

EPA published and accepted comments on the problem formulation documents for the first 10 chemical substances undergoing risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), through August 16. Comments received will inform the development of draft risk evaluation documents for these 10 chemical substances. The 10 problem formulation documents announced in this document refine the scope documents published in June 2017 and are an additional interim step, prior to publication of the draft risk evaluations. EPA published and accepted comments on a document entitled: “Application of Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations,” which sets out general principles to guide EPA's application of systematic review for TSCA risk evaluations.

Please click here to access EIA's submitted comments.

 

EIA Provides Comments on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos: Request for Approval of an Alternative Work Practice for Asbestos Cement

The Environmental Protection agency was soliciting comment through June 25 on an alternative work practice (AWP) request under the Clean Air Act, to use new technology and work practices developed for removal and replacement of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe. In this action, EPA was soliciting comment on all aspects of this request for an AWP that, in order to be approved, should be at least environmentally equivalent to the existing work practices in the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos (Asbestos NESHAP), which applies to the removal and replacement of A/C pipe.

Please click here to access EIA's submitted comments.

 

EPA Takes Three Important Steps to Ensure Chemical Safety Under the Lautenberg Act, Proposes Action on Asbestos

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the following for public comment: (1) the first ten problem formulation documents, (2) EPA’s systemic review approach document, and (3) a significant new use rule (SNUR) proposal enabling the Agency to prevent new uses of asbestos – the first such action on asbestos ever proposed.

These actions provide the American people with transparency and an opportunity to comment on how EPA plans to evaluate the ten chemicals undergoing risk evaluation, select studies, and use the best available science to ensure chemicals in the marketplace are safe,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “At the same time, we are moving forward to take important, unprecedented action on asbestos.”

Click here for access to the EPA Response to Public Comments Related to the Supplemental Files Supporting the TSCA Scope Documents for the First Ten Risk Evaluations.

Click here for access to the Prepublication Copy Notice of the Proposed Rule; Asbestos; Significant New Use Rule.

Click here for the full text of the EPA News Release.

 

Comment Period for TSCA/TRI Regulatory Reform Opportunities

Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association offered oral comments and written testimony regarding the need to maintain existing asbestos regulations and to offer more vigorous enforcement at EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)  public meeting May 1, 2017. This meeting addressed regulatory reform opportunities involving regulations governing chemical safety activities under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) rules. EPA is still soliciting input from stakeholders to help identify those regulations that that might be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification per Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda.

Click here for Mr. Kynoch's comments on asbestos and click here for Mr. Kynoch's comments on lead.

You can submit your comments until May 15 by clicking here.

 

Regulatory Reform Agenda Meeting for OCSPP/OPPT (TSCA & TRI)

Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association offered oral comments and written testimony regarding the need to maintain existing asbestos regulations and to offer more vigorous enforcement at EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)  public meeting May 1, 2017. This meeting addressed regulatory reform opportunities involving regulations governing chemical safety activities under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) rules. EPA is soliciting input from stakeholders to help identify those regulations that that might be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification per Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda.

Click here for Mr. Kynoch's comments on asbestos and click here for Mr. Kynoch's comments on lead.

You can submit your comments until May 15 by clicking here.

 

EPA Pubic Comment Period On Asbestos and other Chemicals Identified in TSCA List

EPA Pubic Comment Period On Asbestos and other Chemicals Identified in TSCA List

EPA is interested in information from the public about these chemicals including uses, products containing these chemicals, exposed populations, and alternatives to each of these chemicals. EPA has opened these dockets to receive information from the public and the deadline for comment is March 15. NOTE: EPA has informed us that it is more effective for them to receive several comments/letters from individuals than to receive one letter representing a group or an organization. EIA encourage all of our members to submit comment. We are providing sample letters submitted, one designed for school officials and one designed for environmental professionals. We encourage you to drop this text into your letterhead and revise for your use. We have also provided directions to submit. Please contact info@eia-usa.org or call 888-343-4342 if you have any questions.

Directions to Submit Comment

EIA Comments to the Asbestos Docket 2017

Sample Letter for Environmental Professionals

Sample Letter for Schools

 

J. Brent Kynoch Testifies at U.S. EPA: Public Workshop on Collecting Chemical Use Information

U.S. EPA: Public Workshop on Collecting Chemical Use Information

EIA Managing Director Brent Kynoch provided testimony on behalf of EIA on February 14, 2017 at an EPA Hearing: Public Workshop On Collecting Chemical Use Information. The workshop addressed the TSCA Reform Bill and including asbestos, as well as the other 10 chemicals on EPA's initial list. Click here to access Mr. Kynoch's full remarks.

 

Available in Printed Copy and PDF version -The Revised Version of the EPA’s 1985 on asbestos management called “The Purple Book”

EPA's 1985 on asbestos management called "The Purple Book" has been revised and is now available through The Environmental Information Association at www.eia-usa.org.

Purchase Here!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the most up-to-date document on asbestos management in our industry from the EIA: 
Managing Asbestos in Buildings: A Guide for Owners and Managers
A Revision to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
1985 document “Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings” (EPA 560/5-85-024) Known as the Purple Book
Many may remember EPA’s document that we called the Purple Book (PB) that was published in 1985. This document served to define asbestos management issues at the time it was published. Since its publication, EPA and OSHA’s principal asbestos regulations have changed dramatically and effectively rendered the PB essentially a historical reference. The EPA contacted the EIA in 2009 regarding the need to update this document. In the long of it, we volunteered to revise the document on their behalf. After our initial volunteer efforts to provide finished copy to the EPA, it was determined that because of their budget and staff cuts that they would not be able to publish this information. So, the EIA decided to put this new information into the document we now make available to the industry and the public.
What it is: this is not merely a revised document, it’s a complete revision to that of the original PB. All chapters have been completely re-written to include current US federal regulations and industry practices. It was specifically designed to accommodate the informational needs of those that own and/or manage buildings that do or may contain asbestos. This document was conceived, written and peer-reviewed by some of the most experienced asbestos control specialists within the industry. This was all performed via their gift of volunteered time and effort with no outside funding. The document is available as PDF download and printed copy. The PDF version is loaded with hyperlinks to many information sources or as a hard copy.
What it is not: this document was not written specifically for asbestos control specialists. It was designed to give basic guidance on a variety of topics to those without years of specialized training and experience as with most of our building owner/managers. This is not an EPA document; they did not fund, write, review nor do we imply their endorsement the final product. As such, it is not a free public document. There is significant copyright protection and modest fees to purchase it. This document does not cover the myriad of State/Local regulation issues; it would be far too cumbersome to do so and they are far too apt to change. We do provide links to EPA web pages to find State/Local program contacts.
How can I get it?: this document can be purchased through the EIA web page. It is purchasable as a PDF download or printed copy. When you buy the PDF document through the web page, you will receive a code that will register with your computer to allow the download. This code is not transferrable nor is the document once downloaded. The electronic download version has access to the many hyperlinks in the document.  Printed copies are also available through the EIA website. If you are a training provider or other consumer that may want to purchase multiple copies, we do offer a price break on the web page. For questions or additional information, please contact the EIA national office at 888-343-4342 or e-mail at info@eia-usa.org.
The EIA link: http://eia-usa.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

EIA Purple Book

Feedback: those that have seen this document have provided very positive feedback. Many of our members plan to buy numerous copies to make them available to their customers. We think you will like it too…I’m sure your customers will find utility with it as well.

Thank you,

The EIA Staff
www.eia-usa.org

 

 

EIA Directing Manager Brent Kynoch on IAQ Radio

"Asbestos, Lead and Mold, Oh My" Managing Director Brent Kynoch appeared on IAQ Radio Friday January 23. We are proud to share Brent Kynoch's first radio spot about EIA and the EH&S Industry. To listen to the segment streaming, click here, to download the segment, click here!

 

EIA Managing Director presents at ADAO House briefing

EIA Managing Director Brent Kynoch presented at a special ADAO House briefing. Mr. Kynoch’s presentation was entitled Asbestos Regulatory Concerns and Violations. Also on the schedule was Barbara McQueen, widow of Steve McQueen, Dr. Richard Lemen, Barry Castleman, and ADAO’s Linda Reinstein.

The Environmental Information Association is proud to collaborate with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to produce the EIA/ADAO Chrysotile Asbestos Fact Sheet, in an effort to clarify the misinformation released on the very real dangers of asbestos exposure. We will continue our endeavor for full acknowledgement by the asbestos industry, and widespread education of the public, of the risks associated with asbestos.

 EIA/ADAO Chrysotile Asbestos Fact