Public Information

03/20/17 SIRC submits comments to the EPA on the “Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act” [PDF]

08/24/16  SIRC submits comments on EPA’s implementation of the updated TSCA legislation [PDF]

08/09/16  SIRC executive director speaks at EPA public meeting on risk evaluation for new TSCA legislation [PDF]

06/06/16  SIRC submits comments to California OEHHA on proposed NSRL [PDF]

05/03/16  SIRC files petition with FDA requesting removal of the clearance for styrene due to the abandonment of its use as a synthetic flavoring substance and adjuvant in food [PDF]

05/03/16   SIRC submits public comments to the FDA, in coordination with other industry groups, opposing the legal and policy basis of a request to delist substances for use as flavoring agents in food [PDF]

04/22/16  California OEHHA adds styrene to Prop 65  list [PDF]

03/26/15  SIRC files comments on California OEHHA’s notice of intent to list styrene to Prop 65 [PDF]

02/27/15  California announces intent to add styrene to Prop 65 list [PDF]

07/28/14 SIRC comments on National Research Council’s review of styrene [PDF]

07/02/14 SIRC submits comments to California’s OEHHA on revisions to Prop 65 Labor Code listing regulations [PDF]

04/08/14 SIRC submits comments on Environment Canada/Health Canada draft screening assessment report – ethylbenzene [PDF]

04/04/14  SIRC submits comments to California’s OEHHA on proposed rulemaking [PDF]

03/03/14  SIRC submits information to the NAS Panel on Styrene regarding a just-completed genomics evaluation of styrene [PDF]

02/13/14  SIRC submits comments to NIOSH on its draft Current Intelligence Bulletin: Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level  Policy for Chemical Hazards in the Workplace [PDF]

01/07/14  SIRC news release: Report says mode of action relevant to chemical assessments [PDF]

09/11/13
The Styrene Information & Research Center is hosting a workshop Sept. 17 in Cincinnati on using mode of action data for human hazard assessments. [PDF]

06/07/13
SIRC Letter to James Reisa re: NRC Review of the NTP Report on Carcinogens Listing of Styrene—NTP Scientific Review Processes. [PDF]

05/15/13
SIRC Statement on Decision in SIRC/Dart vs. HHS. [PDF]

04/02/13
SIRC Letter to James Reisa. Follow-up Submission for NRC Review of Styrene. [PDF]

03/11/13  SIRC statement on petition to HHS. [PDF]

03/08/13
SIRC Petition to HHS for acknowledgement of National Academy review of styrene’s listing in Report on Carcinogens. [PDF]

02/20/13
SIRC letter and comments to NRC Styrene Review Committee. [PDF]

02/13/13
Large, New Study Finds “No Credible Evidence” That Styrene Exposure Increases Human Cancer Risk. [PDF]

11/02/12
Styrene Industry Lauds California Appellate Court Decision on Prop. 65 Listing.
[PDF]

05/21/12
SIRC Motion for Summary Judgment in Legal Challenge to Report on
Carcinogens Argues that NTP Misled HHS Secretary. [PDF]

04/25/12
Styrene industry highlights flaws in NTP process: Congressional
subcommittees hear recommended solutions. [PDF]

04/10/12
Proposed Summary Judgment Briefing Schedule – SIRC v. Sebelius. [PDF]

04/02/12
SIRC Statement on U.S. District Court
Opinion and Order on Styrene Industry’s Motion to Complete the Administrative Record. [PDF]

Read the Court’s order. [PDF]  Read the Court’s memorandum opinion. [PDF]

01/10/12
Styrene Industry Lauds Proposed NAS Review of Styrene. [PDF]

11/28/11
Judge cancels December 1 hearing on styrene case; conference to be scheduled. [PDF]

11/02/11
New SIRC website tells full story of styrene and styrene-based products: www.YouKnowStyrene.org. [PDF]

10/28/11

SIRC files motion seeking additional documents. [PDF]

Read SIRC’s Oct. 28 motion. [PDF]

10/24/11  Backgrounder: Worldwide Styrene Industry Recommendation for Workplace Exposure Limit of 20 Parts Per Million [PDF]

10/18/11

SIRC response to NRDC report entitled “The Delay Game: How the Chemical Industry Ducks Regulation of the Most Toxic Substances.”  [PDF]

10/05/11

Court grants SIRC motion to stay briefing schedule. [PDF]

Read  SIRC’s Oct. 5  motion.  [PDF]

10/03/11
SIRC asks for court order requiring the government to produce documents relevant to the Report on Carcinogens (RoC) legal challenge.

Read SIRC’s “Motion to Complete the Record.” [PDF]

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton on Sept. 26 filed an amended schedule reversing the briefing order set Aug. 31.

Read the “Amended Briefing Schedule.” [PDF]

09/01/11
Court sets schedule for summary judgment motions. [PDF]

Read the court’s order. [PDF]

08/30/11
HHS files answers to SIRC legal challenge. [PDF]

08/09/11
Federal government to file administrative record on Aug. 26.  [PDF]

Read SIRC’s Request for the Production of Documents. [PDF]

07/22/11
Litigation schedule proposed. [PDF]

07/06/11
SIRC Statement on Denial of Motion For Preliminary Injunction to Withdraw 12th Report on Carcinogens as It Relates to Styrene. [PDF]

07/01/11
Plaintiffs’ reply to defendants’ opposition to plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. [PDF]

06/27/11
Court grants request for expedited hearing. [PDF]

06/16/11
STYRENE INFORMATION AND RESEARCH CENTER, et al. Plaintiffs, v. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, et al. Defendants. Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-01079-RBW:

PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION [PDF]

MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION [PDF]

DECLARATION OF JOHN O. SNYDER (Executive Director for the Styrene Information and Research Center [“SIRC”]) [PDF]

DECLARATION OF MICHAEL LEVY (of The Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group [PFPG], a part of the American Chemistry Council) [PDF]

DECLARATION OF JOHN SCHWEITZER (Senior Director of Government Affairs for the American Composite Manufacturers Association) [PDF]

06/10/11
Styrene Industry Will Contest Vigorously the Unwarranted Listing of Styrene in 12th Report on Carcinogens. [PDF]

06/10/11
Complaint for Declaratory Injunctive Relief. [PDF]

06/10/11
American Chemistry Council statement on the safety of foodservice packaging products made from polystyrene.

05/24/11
SIRC & ACMA Letter to HHS Secretary. [PDF]

05/17/11
Bipartisan, 63-Member House Group Asks HHS Secretary to Defer Report on Carcinogens Listing of Styrene. [PDF]

05/11/11
House of Representatives Members Ask HHS Secretary to Delay Listing of Styrene in RoC. [PDF]

03/23/11
Styrene Industry Statement in Response to Congressional Letter Questioning the Safety of Polystyrene Foodservice: Polystyrene Foodservice is Safe for Consumer Use. [PDF]

03/11/11
Styrene Industry Statement in Response to Congressional Communications Questioning the Safety of Polystyrene Cups: Polystyrene Cups are Safe; National Toxicology Program Has Taken No Position on Styrene’s Carcinogenicity. [PDF]

12/29/10
SIRC’s Statement on the Cal/EPA’s Public Health Goal for Styrene in Drinking Water. [PDF]

10/15/10
SIRC Briefing Paper: Styrene’s Mode of Action (MOA). [PDF]

10/12/10
SIRC Briefing Paper: New Research Findings Show Mouse Tumors Are Not Relevant for Human Risk Assessment; Styrene Does Not Belong in NTP Report on Carcinogens. [PDF]

09/30/10
SIRC Statement on the Carcinogenic Potential of Styrene. [PDF]

07/20/10
SIRC Statement: Federal Advocacy Program on National Toxicology Program Handling of Styrene. [PDF]

07/19/10
SIRC Statement on “Identification of research needs to resolve the carcinogenicity of high-priority IARC carcinogens, IARC Technical Publication No. 42.” [PDF]

03/31/10
SIRC Statement on the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Revised Technical Support Document On a Proposed Public Health Goal for Styrene in Drinking Water. [PDF]

02/26/10
SIRC Statement on Polystyrene with Respect to Bisphenol A. [PDF]

08/20/09
SIRC Statement on Research Concerning Decomposition of Plastics in Ocean. [PDF]

08/13/09
SIRC Statement on Court’s Preliminary Ruling to Stop California from Proposition 65 Listing of Styrene. [PDF]

02/26/09
SIRC Statement on National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting, Feb. 24, 2009. [PDF]

02/09/09
SIRC Tells NTP Board of Scientific Counselors that Draft Substance Profile on Styrene Does Not Support “Reasonably Anticipated” Classification. [PDF]

01/26/09
SIRC Asks NIEHS Director to Defer NTP Styrene Review Pending Re-write of Substance Profile. [PDF]

01/05/09
Health, Safety and Environmental Benefits of Styrene Products. [PDF]

11/13/08
Styrene and Styrenic Compounds: What’s the Difference? [PDF]

10/31/08

SIRC Statement on Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Health and Human Services. [PDF]

10/30/08

SIRC Tells NTP that Science Does Not Support “Reasonably Anticipated” Recommendation on Styrene. [PDF]

08/26/08
SIRC Statement on IARC’s Styrene Classification. [PDF]

08/26/08
Backgrounder on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Risk Information System and Styrene. [PDF]

08/26/08
SIRC Statement on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Process. [PDF]