MCTA CE Program Focuses on PFAS
MCTA’s May 10 th PFAS Program at Dow Chemical was held before a full house and, according to
evaluations, was extremely well-received. On a 1-5 scale with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent, 21
respondents rated the content as excellent, 10 as good, and 1 as average. Speakers, likewise, were
highly ranked with 21 scoring excellent, 9 good and 2 average. Slides from the presentations are
Photo from Left:
Jim Occhialini, Alpha Analytical; Rich Desrosiers, GZA; Emilee Scott, Robinson + Cole; Karen Kinsella, GZA; Jim Ray, Robinson + Cole; Denise Kmetzo, Collaborative Risk Solutions; Richie Straff, Daikin America, representing the FluoroCouncil.
MCTA Swing For Science Golf Tournament
Have fun while doing good! Proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair Scholarship Program.
Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Location: Highfields Golf & Country Club 42 McGill Drive, Grafton, MA
Registration: 9:00 AM
Start: 10:00 AM - Shotgun Start
Reception & Awards: 3:00 PM - Reception & Awards
Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available
To register or sponsor, click here.
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Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, Inc.
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Department of Environmental Protection
The filing deadline has passed for legislation to be heard in the 2017-2018 session although bills may still be filed as “late filed.” Bills are being processed and assigned numbers by the Clerk’s office. MCTA will post information on legislation filed for the current session that may have an impact on members. Rep. John Mahoney of Worcester filed legislation to make the burden of TURA compliance less onerous for businesses in the Commonwealth.
At its September 27, 2017 meeting, the Science Advisory Board heard a presentation by Wendy Heiger-Bernays, "Per- & Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances and Potential Relationships Between Endocrine Effects." It is expected that this document will guide the SAB as it works toward regulating short-chained perfuorinated hydrocarbons.
The SAB also released its guidance on nanomaterials as requested by the administration in response to a request by a coalition of non-governmental organizations.
It also released its assessment of Safer and Effective Alternatives to Methylene Chloride for Paint Stripping Products.
MCTA TURA Reform Legislation Filed in House
Materials from MCTA's: Regulation & the Bottom Line During a Time of Change
Science Advisory Board (SAB)
At its January 11, 2017 meeting, the members of the SAB voted to list all PFOS and PFOs and their salts. At its March 29th meeting, the SAB begin its review of short chain perfluorinated hydrocarbons examining physical characteristics, uses, safety & physical hazards, and health hazards. Members of the committee will review published research on these topics and recommend to the Administration whether or not to include these chemistries on the TUR list of toxic chemicals. Comment is welcome by the SAB as are recommended articles and research on the chemistries under review. Materials distributed during the meeting included an EHS Summaries of Perfluorohexanoic Acid (FFHxA); Perfluorohexane Sulfonic Acid (PFHxS), Excerpts from Annex XV Identification of PFHxS as a SVHC, and a graph taken from the 2013 Perez et al study illustrating the impacts of various PFAs on human tissue. (The methodology used to determine that data was called into question by the SAB.)
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