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EPA Cites Chemours' PFAS Plants Under TSCA, In Possible Enforcement Push

EPA has cited chemical company Chemours for violating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at two of its plants that manufacture per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS), a sign that environmentalists say may indicate stepped-up EPA enforcement over the issue though they say it also raises concerns about the accuracy of EPA's PFAS data.

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Industry Urges Quick PRIA Renewal After EPA's Pesticide Fee Power Lapses

Chemical industry officials are urging Congress to quickly approve legislation renewing EPA’s authority to collect industry fees to support quick pesticide registration reviews, with the agency poised to imminently lose its power because lawmakers did not renew it as part of the broad funding deal to avert another government shutdown.

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Plaintiffs Weigh Appeal After Court Rejects EPA Science Advisor Policy Suit

Environmentalists and other plaintiffs are considering asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the Trump EPA's policy barring any recipient of an EPA grant from serving on one of its many scientific advisory committees after a federal district court dismissed their suit.

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EPA Halts Formaldehyde IRIS Analysis As ACC Prepares For OPPT Review

EPA appears to have halted the long-running and controversial effort by its research office to assess the human health risks of formaldehyde, a move that could bolster efforts by the chemical industry which is preparing for the possibility that EPA's toxics office may select the chemical for evaluation, an approach the industry has long favored.

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Deregulatory Agenda Complicates EPA Messaging On PFAS Actions

The Trump administration's deregulatory agenda rolling back a host of EPA rules appears to be impeding the agency's messaging on its landmark comprehensive action plan aimed at setting environmental protections to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Eyes Broad Multi-Media Action Plan On PFAS, Including Air Transport

EPA's long-awaited action plan to address perfluorinated compounds is expected to offer a broad, multi-media roadmap for addressing the substances, including efforts aimed at modeling the air transport of the chemicals, a growing concern, as well as measures under Superfund and other laws to address water and other contamination.

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As Pressure Mounts, EPA Expected To Continue Weighing MCLs For PFAS

EPA is set to announce that it will continue to weigh whether to set an enforceable drinking water standard for two per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a step that will likely address widespread concerns that the agency had decided not to proceed with such an approach though any final determination is likely still months or years away.

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Judge Dismisses Suit Over EPA's Controversial Science Advisor Policy

A federal judge has found that environmentalists have standing to challenge the Trump administration's controversial policy barring EPA grant recipients from serving on its scientific advisory committees though he dismissed the suit on the merits, raising the bar for any appeal.

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CEI steps up push to scale back IRIS

“[I]t is time to shut down IRIS, or at the very least give it a massive overhaul,” the free-market group says in a new report.

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States Ramp Up Chemicals Management Legislation Despite TSCA Reform

At least 22 states are ramping up efforts to approve chemicals management legislation despite the sweeping overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that some proponents hoped would end a patchwork of state chemicals rules, with observers saying states are “filling in” regulatory gaps EPA cannot address under the toxics law.

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