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House Hearing Airs New Concerns On TSCA Bill But May Focus Talks

The recent House hearing on the bipartisan Senate bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has highlighted new concerns from EPA and others that will require reforms to some of the bill's key provisions, though industry sources that may be opposed to any changes are nevertheless welcoming the effort, saying it could help focus stalled talks on the bill between Senate leaders.

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Advisors Press EPA To Consider Non-Chemical Stressors In Assessments

EPA's children's health advisors are close to formally urging the agency to more holistically consider risks by broadly accounting for non-chemical stressors, such as income, housing and education levels, in cumulative risk assessments (CRA), issues that have long complicated officials' efforts to adopt guidance for how to perform such assessments.

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Industry Urges High Court To Overturn CERCLA State Preemption Ruling

A company allegedly responsible for contaminating drinking water wells in a North Carolina community is urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that found the Superfund law broadly preempts state limits on when plaintiffs can bring toxic tort claims, arguing the ruling deepened a split in lower courts and raises federalism questions.

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EPA Resists Novel Resiliency Push In Sewer Pact Despite Local Support

Local officials in Miami-Dade County, FL, have reversed course and are backing environmentalists' landmark effort to account for climate change effects in a pending Clean Water Act (CWA) consent decree for upgrading the county's sewers, but EPA officials are continuing to resist the environmentalists' effort, casting doubt on pending mediation.

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EPA Urged To Seek Data On Paint Cleanup Rule For Commercial Buildings

Health and labor groups are petitioning EPA to pursue a rulemaking to gather industry data that would help the agency reach a decision about whether and how to craft a lead renovation repair and paint (LRRP) rule for commercial and public buildings, with the groups arguing that the data already exists due to recordkeeping requirements in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule.

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EPA Eyes Engineered Approaches For Replacing Chemicals Of Concern

EPA toxics chief Jim Jones reluctantly agreed to entertain advice from a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel on ways to consider engineered approaches, in addition to drop-in chemical replacements, in assessments of alternatives to chemicals of concern, a move that appears likely to broaden the reach of the panel's final advice possibly beyond the scope of the agency's current alternatives assessment program.

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EPA Seeks States' Advice To Improve RCRA Corrective Action Investigations

EPA is seeking suggestions from state waste managers on how it might use results from a handful of pilot projects it is conducting aimed at improving the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) facility investigations process, which is part of a broader agency effort to craft a framework for streamlining corrective action at major industrial sites.

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EPA Aims To Overturn RCRA Program's 'Staid' Image To Justify Funding

EPA waste chief Mathy Stanislaus says the agency is looking at ways to bolster the image of the "staid" Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory program, telling a group of state waste management officials that unless the agency can revamp the program's image it may be harder to boost federal funding for it.

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Utilities' Analysis Predicts High Perchlorate MCL Costs To Few Small Systems

A new cost analysis of EPA's ongoing effort to set a federal drinking water standard for the rocket fuel and explosives ingredient perchlorate suggests that while the overall cost of compliance for the country would be relatively small, a few, mostly small utilities would face significant treatment costs, depending on the stringency of the standard EPA sets.

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EPA Vows To Address States' Concerns On 'Re-Manufacturing' Waiver In DSW

EPA waste chief Mathy Stanislaus says the agency's long-delayed rule defining solid waste (DSW) will seek to address some of states' concerns that a proposed waiver from waste handling requirements for "re-manufactured" solvents, for which there is a history of mismanagement, could create broad exemptions for recyclers and other parties.

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