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EPA Takes Action to Reduce Exposure To TCE In Art And Crafts Spray Fixatives

first_imgWASHINGTON – After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assessment of trichloroethylene or TCE showed risk, the sole manufacturer of a fixative product using TCE voluntarily withdrew it from the marketplace. The EPA is now taking action to ensure no other manufacturers including importers enter the marketplace before EPA has the opportunity to prohibit or limit these uses.“EPA commends PLZ Aeroscience Corporation for removing TCE from its arts and crafts spray fixative product,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the office of chemical safety and pollution prevention. “EPA is putting into place a level playing field to ensure importers and domestic manufacturers do not re-enter the marketplace before EPA has an opportunity to review.”In a separate regulatory action under the Toxic Substances Control Act, EPA aims to reduce the risks from TCE in aerosol and vapor degreasing and as a spot cleaner in dry cleaning facilities.Today’s rule, known as a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR), requires anyone intending to initiate manufacture, including the import or processing of TCE for new uses to notify EPA at least 90 days before doing so. The notification will allow EPA to evaluate the intended use and to take appropriate action.The TCE spray fixative product was used by artists, picture framers, graphic designers and printers to provide a water repellant and protective finish.EPA’s June 2014 Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for TCE identified health risks associated with several TCE uses, including the arts and craft spray fixative use, aerosol and vapor degreasing, and as a spotting agent in dry cleaning facilities. In 2015, EPA worked with the only U.S. manufacturer of the TCE spray fixative product, PLZ Aeroscience Corporation of Addison, Illinois, resulting in an agreement to stop production of the TCE containing product and to reformulate the product with an alternate chemical.A few current uses of TCE, such as use in cleaners and solvent degreasers, film cleaners, lubricants, mirror edge sealants, and pepper spray, are not subject to the final rule.This final rule is effective 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Once published, the publication can be found in the Federal Register docket at www.regulations.gov by searching for EPA-HQ-OPPT-2014-0697.A pre-publication copy of the final rule and more information can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/trichloroethylene-tceFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Keck dean will step down from position to lead University’s geriatric efforts

first_imgMost recently, Mosqueda has spearheaded several research initiatives and the development of programs within USC and the broader community focused on understanding the coronavirus and promoting safety and prevention. She will end her tenure as dean Sept. 15 and will work with Rao to ensure a smooth transition, she said. “Serving as dean of the Keck School of Medicine has been an honor,” Mosqueda wrote in a statement. “I had the benefit of an outstanding team, and together we made important strides for the school and the community that KSOM can build on for years to come.” Mosqueda’s work will now focus on expanding the University’s existing geriatrics program, which USC aims to direct more resources toward, according to an email Zukoski sent to the Keck community announcing her departure. Laura Mosqueda will step down from her position as dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC next month to focus on expanding the University’s geriatric efforts, Provost Charles Zukoski announced Monday. Mosqueda will be replaced by Dr. Narsing Rao in the interim, who has served as the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.  “The devastating impact of the pandemic on older adults exposed existing vulnerabilities that only now are being widely recognized as important in their care, even unrelated to COVID-19,” he wrote. “Dean Mosqueda’s deep knowledge, innovations, and leadership skills will be invaluable to the University, the medical profession, and communities in reassessing and reshaping programs in geriatric health and elder justice.”center_img Mosqueda stepped into the position of dean at Keck in 2018, following the resignations of both Carmen Puliafito for drug-related misconduct in 2016 and Rohit Varma for alleged sexual harassment in 2017. Over the last two years, she created the Office for Health & Biomedical Science Education to provide resources for faculty, students in both graduate and doctoral programs and postdoctoral scholars. She has also developed programming focused on addressing health disparities through new offices, such as the Office for Social Justice and the Center for Gender Equity in Medicine and Science. Laura Mosqueda has served as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC since 2018. She took the position following the resignation of Rohit Varma due to a sexual harassment allegation. Dr. Narsing Rao will become interim effective Sept. 15. “Dean Mosqueda has led with conviction, courage, and clarity, always with an eye on doing the right thing and treating people with fairness, candor, and respect,” Zukoski wrote in the email. “Her dedication to ensuring exceptional clinical care, education, and research are foundational to the school. Her willingness to step up at a time of great uncertainty is characteristic of the strong leader she is.”last_img read more

Tyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16

first_img Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse ST. LOUIS — When his fourth straight missed free throw rolled off the rim and fell out, Tyler Lydon turned away from the basket and made it two steps toward halfcourt.Face red, cheeks puffed out, Lydon drew a big breath while staring at nothing in particular. He later guessed he hadn’t missed four straight at the line since the sixth grade. But before he could walk even farther away from his fifth attempt, Trevor Cooney briskly jogged from the bench and told him to step back up to the line.“I don’t know if it can be repeated,” Cooney said of what he yelled to Lydon. “I mean it happens. He just kept looking back and it made me mad. I just wanted him to make the next foul shot and not worry about just missing that one foul shot. Just stay on the line and make the next shot.”That’s what Lydon did, and the rest of the freshman’s performance only led to frustration for Middle Tennessee State. He finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six blocks as the Orange (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coat) rolled the Blue Raiders, 75-50, at the Scottrade Center on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. MTSU favored a switch-everything, man-to-man that often gave SU a size advantage inside, and Lydon helped exploit that while using his 6-foot-8 frame to protect the rim on the other end.An uncharacteristic 6-for-10 night at the line was the only blemish on his performance. And in the end it was hardly a blemish at all.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a lottery pick in time. He’s something, he’s something,” MTSU head coach Kermit Davis said after the game. “… I thought he competed hard today. I mean, he rebounded it and was just really hard to score over.”Playing in the center spot early on, Lydon was often left alone to defend relentless penetration by the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee State came into the contest as the 14th-best 3-point-shooting team in the country, and the SU zone aggressively extended accordingly. That forced MTSU to go off the dribble, and Lydon held his own inside without much help defense from the wings.But Boeheim thought he was especially effective on defense when paired with center Dajuan Coleman, which allowed him to swoop in from the weak side for blocks and rebounds. Right after completing a 3-point play, Lydon backtracked on defense and hung in the air before swatting a Perrin Buford layup attempt out of bounds. And after MTSU inbounded the ball moments later, he ranged over to the left block and pinned Reggie Upshaw against the backboard before collecting the loose ball.“Getting a good block always feels good,” Lydon said. “A big 3 is probably a better feeling than a big block, but a big block is always a lot of fun to look back and watch it.”With Lydon anchoring the interior defense for 34 minutes — his final plus-minus was a team-high plus-28 — the Blue Raiders shot a bleak 11-of-40 from inside the arc. Lydon also became just the 20th player since 2010 to finish with six or more blocks in an NCAA Tournament game.If he was feeling any jitters in his first run through March Madness, it only showed at the foul line.“It was really weird,” Lydon said. “I was telling Trevor, ‘They all feel good, I don’t know what else to change.’”As it turned out, he didn’t need to change a thing. Whatever he did from that fourth missed free throw on forward was more than enough. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more