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EPA Issues New Data 'Stopping' Rules As Key Step In IRIS Reform Process

EPA has released new “stopping” rules governing when and how new data should be included in Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments of chemicals' toxicity, the agency's latest step in reforming the IRIS process that also includes an updated plan for completing the complex analyses that can take many years to complete.

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TSCA Reform Advocates Warn Major Bill Changes May Kill Bipartisan Effort

Democratic and GOP senators supporting a bill to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are signaling they are open to some changes to the bill in order to address other senators' concerns on uncertainty about its preemption of state chemicals rules and other efforts, but warn major amendments could kill the bipartisan measure.

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California Advocates Push To Tighten TSCA Bill Ahead Of Senate Hearing

California environmentalists and public health advocates are raising major concerns with a bipartisan Senate bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and pushing changes to ensure it protects public health, ahead of a July 31 hearing on TSCA reform efforts -- the Senate environment panel's first such hearing this year.

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House Seeks Compromise Language For Bills To Streamline NEPA Review

Democratic and Republican members of a key House committee are pressing environmentalists and industry to craft compromise language for a bill that would restrict EPA and other agencies' powers to review projects' environmental impacts, after the Senate approved similar measures in recent transportation and water-resources bills.

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Review Panelists Question Scope, Purpose Of EPA TCE Risk Assessment

Panelists peer reviewing EPA's draft assessment of trichloroethylene (TCE), the first such analysis produced by the agency's toxics office for its priority program for existing chemicals, are questioning the scope and purpose of the assessment, an issue that could determine the level of scientific review for this and future analyses.

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Private Sector Group Calls For EPA To Re-Analyze TCE Risk Assessment

A coalition of mostly private sector risk assessors is urging EPA to re-analyze its 2011 assessment of trichloroethylene (TCE) and its inclusion of cardiac birth defects following short-term TCE exposures, which the group considers inappropriate, and is pushing an alternate assessment that includes a range of risk values that could guide site-specific cleanups.

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Obama Plan To Weigh Climate In EPA Brownfields Grants Draws Concern

EPA plans to soon require brownfields grant applicants to consider how a proposed cleanup remedy will withstand climate change impacts such as sea-level rise, prompting concern among some lawyers who question the technical burden it may place on grant applicants and whether it will curb interest in some development projects.

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EPA Moves To Accept Updated Private-Sector Brownfields AAI Standard

EPA has announced that it plans to endorse a stringent private-sector standard for assessing contamination at brownfields sites, deeming it equivalent to the agency's due diligence requirements that are used to determine whether certain parties are exempt from cleanup liability.

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Appellate Court Finds Broad Application Of CERCLA State Preemption

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has become the second appellate court to read the Superfund law as broadly preempting state limits on when individuals can bring toxic tort claims, despite calls from the Justice Department (DOJ) for a narrow reading of the statute based in part over federal liability for exposures at a major Marine Corps base.

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CBD Vows To Appeal Rulings Blocking Suits Seeking Ban On Lead Bullets

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is continuing its push to compel EPA and other federal agencies to restrict the use of lead bullets and plans to appeal two recent federal court rulings dismissing their suits that the group says failed on procedural grounds rather than on the merits.

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