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States Consider 93 Bills to Restrict Chemicals in 2019

As of February 1, 2019, 17 state legislatures have introduced approximately 93 bills seeking to restrict or otherwise regulate chemicals during the 2019 legislative cycle.

The attached chart provides a snapshot of the breadth and popularity of proposed legislative restrictions on various chemicals. As many state legislatures are still in session, changes are to be expected and the chart should not be considered an exhaustive listing of proposed legislation.

As in recent years, bisphenol A, phthalates, flame retardants, and mercury and other heavy metals continue to receive significant attention from legislatures across the country. Likewise, bills specifically seeking to ban or limit the use of such chemicals in children’s products continue to garner interest. A small but growing number of state legislatures are considering restrictions on the use of triclosan in soaps and other personal hygiene products.

Of particular note, there has been a marked uptick in legislative and regulatory activity related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 

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Mark Duvali, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge Diamond PC
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Mark Duvall has over two decades of experience working in-house at large chemical companies.  His focus at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. has been on product regulation at the federal, state, and international levels across a wide range of programs, and occupational safety and health.  He co-chairs the Firm's Chemicals, Products, and Nanotechnology practice group. 

He heads the Firm’s Toxic and Harmful Substances/Toxic Substances Control Act practice.  His experience under TSCA includes enforcement actions, counseling, rulemaking, advocacy, and legislative actions.  He chairs the...

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Grant Tolley, Beveridge Diamond, environmental lawyer
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Grant maintains a diverse environmental litigation and regulatory practice, working with clients nationwide across industrial sectors. Grant joined the firm following his graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Grant served as a law clerk for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and worked as a student attorney for the Institute for Public Representation, Environmental Litigation Clinic, where he prepared an amicus brief in support of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update in a challenge pending before the D.C. Circuit. He also worked as a litigation assistant for Earthjustice and a judicial intern for the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

During his time at the Georgetown University Law Center, Grant was a member of the Environmental Law Society. At Yale University, Grant worked at the Yale Law School Environmental Clinic and acted as a teaching fellow for Tropical Forest Ecology.

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