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Risk Policy Report - 11/27/2018

  • EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely To Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards

    EPA's recently released draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), the first such study of an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is likely to pose a test of the new law's data standards as environmentalists and others doubt the agency has enough information on which to base its conclusion that the substance does not pose an "unreasonable risk."

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  • Former CASAC Members Fault EPA's 'Harmful' Shortened NAAQS Review

    Former members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are attacking what they say is the agency's “harmful” decision to shorten its national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) review process, warning that it will weaken CASAC's input on the standards and undermine the quality of its advice and its reputation.

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  • EPA Floats New Risk Values For Two PFAS, Continuing Regulatory Patchwork

    EPA has released new draft toxicology assessments for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known as GenX and PFBS, long-awaited by state agencies and other stakeholders, but the numbers -- a stricter level than North Carolina recently adopted for GenX and a weaker level than Minnesota adopted for PFBS -- continue the regulatory patchwork that EPA and states have created.

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  • Federal Climate Study Gives GHG Rule Backers New Political, Legal Tools

    The Trump administration's recently released national assessment outlining increasingly serious effects from climate change is giving critics fresh political ammunition to challenge officials' efforts to dismiss the issue, and could also provide legal fodder for those fighting EPA's various climate rule rollbacks.

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  • California Chlorpyrifos Restrictions Fail To Satisfy Environmentalists

    The California pesticides departments' call for local permit agencies to further limit the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos to better protect human health and the environment is failing to satisfy environmentalists, who want an immediate ban on the product to protect children from potential neurotoxic effects from exposure to the chemical in food, water and air.

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  • Community Doubts EPA's Reversal On Chicago-area EtO Facility's Risks

    EPA's quiet announcement that it may have overstated the amount of ethylene oxide (EtO) in the air near a Sterigenics sterilizing facility in the Chicago-area is doing little to assuage community concerns, with one local group continuing to raise concerns over the risks.

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  • EPA Advisers Seek Broad Plan To Help Local Governments Target PFAS

    A local government advisory panel to EPA is urging the agency to provide leadership to communities on a “coordinated and comprehensive” approach of regulatory actions and other steps to address perfluorinated chemicals, as communities struggle with the emerging unregulated contaminants in drinking water.

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  • Grevatt's Retirement Creates Uncertainty Over Fate Of EPA's PFAS Policy

    Peter Grevatt, EPA's top official overseeing cross-agency policy on high-profile perfluorinated chemicals, is retiring from the agency after 30 years, creating uncertainty about who will take over the major task of responding to calls from lawmakers, states and communities to develop a comprehensive plan to address the contaminants.

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  • 'Shadow' Reviews By Former CASAC Members Could Help Defend NAAQS

    Former members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are planning "shadow" reviews of the agency's ozone and particulate matter (PM) air standards, generating data that could help defend the standards against any Trump administration bid to weaken them through its new, truncated CASAC review process.

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  • Senate EPW Sets Hearing On Dunn's Nomination As EPA Toxics Chief

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) plans to hold a Nov. 29 hearing to consider EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn's nomination to the head the agency's toxics office, teeing up a confirmation vote by the full chamber before the end of the lame-duck session.

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  • EPA Pulls SNURs, Highlighting Controversy Over New Chemicals Program

    EPA has withdrawn a direct final rule that included significant new use rules (SNURs) on 28 new chemicals, after receiving adverse comments from industry, environmental and animal welfare groups, forcing the agency to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking and underscoring broad disagreements over the agency's new chemicals program.

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