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Toxics

Congressional Concerns Over EtO Emissions Spread Beyond Illinois

Lawmakers representing congressional districts in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas are joining Illinois’ delegation in questioning EPA’s response to information it released last year about cancer risk to communities exposed to ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from facilities such as sterilization or chemical production plants.

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EPA taps new toxics office deputy to oversee new chemicals

A law firm reports that EPA has tapped a former DuPont official to serve in a new deputy-level position aimed at speeding reviews of new chemicals under TSCA.

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Seeking State Preemption, Industry Urges EPA To Expand TSCA Use Reviews

Fearing a patchwork of strict state rules, a variety of consumer product manufacturers is urging EPA to expand its planned or ongoing risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in an effort to preempt states from regulating -- or banning -- certain chemicals’ uses.

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California sends notices to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations

State regulators sent notices to 13 companies and organizations canceling their product registrations just weeks after EPA preserved the chemical’s remaining allowable uses.

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California Draws First Challenge Over Landmark Green Chemistry Program

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and a major manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) products are suing the California toxics department to overturn its listing of SPF systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as priority products under the state’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) green chemistry program.

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ORD Overhaul On Schedule To Begin In FY20 As OPPT Reform Stalls

The ongoing effort to reorganize EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is continuing on Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s requested schedule starting in fiscal year 2020, according to information released at a recent internal meeting, even as plans to reorganize the toxics office have stalled due to pressing statutory deadlines.

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EPA releases proposed list of TSCA ‘low priority’ chemicals

Once final, the list of 20 substances will preempt some state actions on the designated chemicals.

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EPA Plan To Drop Chemical Safety Factor Raises Fears Over Industry Models

EPA’s plan to drop a three-fold safety factor (3X) intended to protect children from harmful exposures to widely used pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides based on new industry models is raising concerns from environmentalists that the industry is increasingly turning to such models to win scaled back regulatory requirements from the agency.

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EPA releases draft TSCA assessment for 1-BP

EPA says that some uses of the chemical “present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health” including for workers, consumers and bystanders.

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Water Utilities Ask Congress For CERCLA Exemption For PFAS Residuals

As lawmakers gear up to resolve differences in their pending defense bills to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), water utility groups are, for the first time, detailing joint principles, including asking for a liability exemption for PFAS-containing residuals if the bill requires EPA to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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