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Observers Say PBT Rules Will Not Preempt More Stringent State Laws

An environmental attorney and a former EPA chemicals chief say TSCA’s text and EPA’s own response to comments on its novel rules on five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals show the rules cannot preempt state policies, opening the door for state regulators to set more stringent limits than the agency did.

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Environmentalists Seek Strict Mining Rules For Biden’s Supply Chain Push

Environmentalists are calling for a series of measures to strengthen environmental rules for the mining sector in response to the Biden administration efforts to bolster the domestic supply chain for rare earth minerals and other crucial materials needed for electric vehicle batteries and other low-carbon energy technologies.

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Court rejects New Mexico’s bid to sever PFAS waste case from MDL

The appellate court’s rejection of New Mexico’s petition sends a signal to other states that may have hoped to pursue their litigation over PFAS contamination outside the massive multi-district litigation.

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EPA Waste Chief Seeks ‘Maximum Protection’ In RMP Rule Revisions

EPA’s top waste official is promising that the agency’s plan to revise the Trump-era rule governing chemical facility-safety requirements will require that industry provides the “maximum protection possible” and will make environmental justice a key focus, pledges that bolster environmentalists who are pressing for such approaches.

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EPA Scientific Integrity Chief Says Staff ‘Documented’ Alleged Interference

EPA’s scientific integrity official says career staff “quietly documented” alleged violations of the agency’s scientific integrity policy during the Trump era, pointing to a potential trove of evidence for the investigation of “political interference” in TSCA and other programs just as environmentalists are calling for harsh penalties for integrity violations.

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Environmentalists seek EJ expert to lead EPA Region 6

Local environmentalists are pushing the Biden administration to select one of three environmental justice experts to lead the agency’s Region 6 office, citing the need to take on the region’s petrochemical sector.

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Senate Confirms Freedhoff As OCSPP Chief, Boosting TSCA Overhaul

The Senate has easily confirmed Michal Freedhoff as EPA’s new assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), bolstering her authority to complete a sweeping overhaul of the TSCA program that is already underway.

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EPA Plans To Extend PBT Rules’ Deadlines By September, Agenda Says

EPA’s newly unveiled regulatory agenda says it will set new compliance deadlines for some or all of its five TSCA rules governing persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals in September, just as a “no-action” order averting what industry says would be devastating impacts from enforcing one of the rules is set to expire.

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EPA set to publish 1-BP listing notice, starting comment period

EPA seeks comment on a wide range of issues associated with its planned regulation of 1-BP.

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EPA Withdraws PFAS SNUR Guide, Advances New Reporting Mandate

EPA is scrapping its controversial Trump-era guidance that environmentalists said unlawfully narrowed a significant new use rule (SNUR) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), alongside issuing a legally-mandated TSCA proposal setting new reporting requirements for PFAS manufactured or imported since 2011.

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