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Science Rule Schedule Slips As EPA Readies Supplemental, Wheeler Says

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the House science committee Sept. 19 that the agency’s schedule for issuing its controversial rule barring regulators from relying on scientific research that is not published has slipped as the agency is preparing to issue a supplemental proposal in early 2020.

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OMB completes review of proposed DOE mercury storage fees rule

The Energy Department’s proposed elemental mercury storage fees rule is part of a program to designate a facility for long-term storage of the substance under a 2008 law banning the export of mercury.

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Judge Raises New Queries After EPA Seeks To Clarify Stance In TSCA Case

A federal judge is asking EPA and environmentalists to respond to a set of questions in a potentially precedent-setting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) case after an agency lawyer sought to clarify statements she made during recent oral arguments but instead raised new doubts about the agency’s stances on key issues and the suit’s procedural posture.

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DOD Stresses Government-Wide Approach In PFAS Task Force Principles

The Defense Department (DOD) is outlining in just-released operating principles the scope and purpose of its high-level task force on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), making clear that it wants to take a “whole of government approach” in collaboration with EPA to respond to the pollutants believed to be at hundreds of military sites.

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Air Force Says CERCLA Bars New Mexico’s RCRA Suit Over PFAS At Base

Citing a series of provisions in the Superfund law, the Air Force is seeking to dismiss New Mexico’s suit aimed at winning a more rigorous response to its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution, an effort that highlights the hurdles states face getting federal agencies to clean up their contamination.

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Wheeler taps new SAB staff director

Tom Brennan, a longtime EPA staffer, will permanently lead the agency’s Science Advisory Board staff office.

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Advisors, Environmentalists Offer Mixed Views On EPA’s Draft 1BP Analysis

EPA’s draft evaluation of 1-bromopropane (1BP) is drawing mixed views from its advisors and others, with some advisors praising the clarity of agency’s latest draft assessment under the revised toxics law even as they and some environmentalists criticized its narrow scope as well as agency violations of some risk evaluation policies.

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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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OMB begins review of final RMP rollback rule

Any final rule will almost certainly face stiff legal challenges from environmentalists, labor and other critics, who successfully defeated an earlier effort to delay implementation of the Obama-era standards.

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Toxicologists’ group ‘cautions’ EPA on new animal testing policy

“Studies that provide consistent, reliable, and accurate data . . . should be funded, recognized, and used in decision-making--regardless of the technology or model involved,” the Society of Toxicology said in a statement.

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