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EPA, Canada Reject Industry Push To Align Chemical Regulatory Decisions

EPA and Canadian regulators are rejecting a push from the chemical industry and other sectors to align regulatory decisions on pesticides and other toxic chemicals, citing conflicting statutory directives and strict time lines for decision-making under the countries' governing statutes such as the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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EPA Faces White House Push For LCR Despite Pipe Replacement Questions

EPA water office staff are facing calls from President Donald Trump and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to quickly propose revisions to the drinking water lead and copper rule (LCR) even as they continue to wrestle with how to reconcile calls from advisers for full lead service line (LSL) replacement with questions about costs and legal authority to do so.

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Michigan GOP, bracing for Democratic governor, eyes rollbacks

Michigan's GOP legislature is scrambling to curtail the state's environmental programs ahead of a new Democratic governor taking office next year.

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Industry Seeks To Refute Key TCE Study Ahead Of EPA, Carolina Actions

Chemical industry groups have submitted to EPA and its North Carolina counterpart a draft study intended to refute the findings of a controversial 2003 toxicology study that has driven conservative risk and remedial policies on trichloroethylene (TCE) as both agencies are poised to take important steps to address the ubiquitous solvent.

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Industry Scrambles To Renew PRIA After Renewal Fails To Make Farm Bill

Industry officials are urging lawmakers to renew EPA's expiring authority to collect industry fees to support timely pesticide reviews, either through a stand-alone bill or by attaching it to a broader appropriations package, after lawmakers declined to extend the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) program in the Farm Bill.

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Northeast State Officials Eye Organized Approach On Assessing PFAS Risks

Prompted by a federal agency's strict draft risk values released earlier this year, toxicologists in New York and other Northeast states have held a dialogue on the risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an early informal, coordinated effort to prepare for a possible review should state regulators decide to craft drinking water standards.

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EPA Expanding Validated Testing Methods For PFAS In Various Media

As public concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) mount, EPA has updated and expanded its validated test methods for identifying the chemicals in drinking water, a move that will help laboratories determine which PFAS compounds are present in drinking water.

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Revisiting 2017 OIG report, EPA agrees to scrap C-FERST tool

A year after rejecting the Inspector General's warning that the community risk screening tool represents a potential $400,000 annual waste, EPA is now agreeing to discontinue the tool's use.

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EPA promises Sterigenics risk analysis in 2019

“We'll reach a point where we feel like we have a good grip on what the risks look like from this facility and that will help us to know what we think we should do,” EPA air chief Bill Wehrum said.

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EPA Imposes Obama-Era RMP Rule Mandates Despite Looming Rollback

In compliance with an appellate court order, EPA is issuing a final rule imposing requirements of the Obama administration's January 2017 final rule strengthening the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program, despite plans to issue early next year a final rule largely scrapping the Obama-era rule.

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