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Toxics

Alliance Seeks To Back New Hampshire’s Challenge To PFAS Rule Injunction

Environmentalists are seeking to intervene in state court litigation that threatens to stall New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with the advocates attempting to bolster the state’s case to permit the rules to remain in effect during interlocutory appeal.

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EPA rejects industry bid to extend comment period on TRI PFAS plan

The agency is rejecting the waste treatment industry’s request to extend by 60 days the deadline for input on potentially adding PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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EPA rejects confidential NMP studies under TSCA

EPA’s decision is renewing controversy over whether EPA can keep confidential industry toxicology studies that it uses in its TSCA assessments.

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EPA’s EtO Risk Approach In MON Proposal Sparks Competing Criticisms

Industry and environmental groups clashed at a Jan. 16 public hearing over EPA’s use of its conservative cancer risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO) and related modifications in its proposal to update its air toxics rule on miscellaneous organic chemical manufacturing (MON) facilities.

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Community Groups Step Up Push On EPA To Regulate PFAS Under RCRA

Community groups are petitioning EPA to list dozens of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous wastes” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the second such effort in the past few months aimed at subjecting materials containing the chemicals to the law’s strict cradle-to-grave regulatory system.

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CSB’s Accidental Chemical Release Proposal Draws Competing Criticisms

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) proposed accidental chemical release rule is drawing competing criticisms, with environmentalists and other advocacy groups saying it weakens reporting mandates to the point of being “useless” while industry entities claim it risks subjecting companies to “inappropriate enforcement.”

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Michigan sues PFAS manufacturers for contamination damages

The state is suing manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), joining a handful of other states in seeking damages and injury allegedly caused by contamination from the substances.

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Senate urged to oppose nomination of former EPA toxics official

Dozens of environmental and labor groups are urging the Senate to oppose the “rumored nomination” of Nancy Beck to lead the CPSC.

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Environmentalists urge EPA to use IRIS’ EtO value in MON rule

“We are calling on EPA to continue to apply the final 2016 IRIS-derived ethylene oxide cancer risk estimate in this rulemaking and future rulemakings,” an Earthjustice scientist told EPA.

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EPA Faces Competing TSCA Attacks On Draft Methylene Chloride Analysis

Environmentalists and a chemical industry group are signaling possible future litigation over EPA’s evaluation of the human health and environmental risks of exposure to methylene chloride (MC), a common solvent, with groups arguing in recent comments that the agency’s draft evaluation does not meet Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) mandates.

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