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As Deadline Looms, Industry Asks EPA For 'Forbearance' Of TSCA Fees

Citing fiscal concerns stemming from the pandemic, the chemical industry is asking EPA to delay until next year any fees companies may have to pay to cover the cost of the agency’s next 20 risk evaluations being conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as firms are due May 27 to report on their potential eligibility.

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Top Toxics Official Expects EPA To ‘Tailor’ First TSCA Management Rules

As EPA moves closer to completing some of its first chemical evaluations under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a top official says he expects the agency will narrowly “tailor” any risk management rules the agency eventually writes, to address any “unreasonable risks” it finds in its final evaluations.

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2nd Circuit allows PFAS medical monitoring claims to proceed

The ruling is part of an “uptick in medical monitoring cases surviving the motion to dismiss phase in federal court,” says one lawyer tracking the issue.

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Industry Backs Environmentalists On Legal Vulnerabilities Of TSCA ‘Scopes’

An industry lawyer is backing environmentalists’ charges that EPA's “scope” documents that will guide the next 20 risk evaluations of high-priority chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are vulnerable to legal challenge and must be revised, intensifying the battle over the documents ahead of a looming June deadline.

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EPA Adds Chemicals To SCIL, Bolstering Bid For TSCA Low-Priority List

EPA has approved a novel request from a cleaning products group to add eight chemicals to its voluntary safer chemicals program list, opening the door to the substances eventually being added to any new list of chemicals deemed low-priority for assessment and possible regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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IPI finds EPA COVID enforcement policy troubling but not sweeping

The Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s controversial enforcement “discretion” policy during the coronavirus is potentially troubling but also has important limits.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Wheeler Says EPA Will Miss TSCA Deadlines For First 10 Risk Reviews

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Senate environment committee the agency will miss its June statutory deadline for issuing all of the first 10 risk evaluations for high-priority chemicals under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying getting “them right” was more important.

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Court Backs Novel CERCLA Reporting Waiver Despite CAA Permit Violation

A federal court in Pennsylvania has backed a potentially precedent-setting industry defense in an environmental citizen suit, agreeing with the defendant steel mill that it is exempt from Superfund reporting requirements if it holds Clean Air Act (CAA) permits even if its emissions violate those permits.

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Citing Virus’ Economic Effects, Trump Launches New Deregulatory Push

President Donald Trump is ordering EPA and other agencies to launch a new deregulatory push to help drive an economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, issuing an executive order that urges agency heads to scale back existing rules, make permanent temporary waivers, and take other steps that may bolster employment and recovery.

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