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Toxics

Finishing First TSCA Batch, EPA Finalizes PV29 Evaluation Despite Concerns

EPA has finalized its evaluation of pigment violet 29 (PV29) just weeks after the close of public comments, sidestepping concerns raised by environmentalists and industry alike over the methods and findings, and instead touting the “milestone” of completing the first batch of 10 chemical reviews Congress mandated when it reformed TSCA.

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EPA inks MOU with OSHA on new chemical reviews

The agreement appears to exclude evaluations of existing chemicals even though EPA’s advisors have urged it to improve its work with OSHA on that program specifically.

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EPA analysis of 2019 TRI data touts 9 percent drop in releases

EPA’s annual analysis of Toxics Release Inventory data shows a 9 percent decline in air, water and land releases of toxic chemicals from 2018, and a 19 percent drop compared to 2007.

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Federal district court dismisses CWA suit over Louisiana plastics plant

A federal district court says there is no value in retaining jurisdiction over the permit after the Army Corps of Engineers opted to reconsider portions of a Clean Water Act permit.

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EPA Denies Environmentalists’ TSCA Toxicity Testing Petition For 54 PFAS

EPA has denied a widely supported TSCA petition from environmental and environmental justice groups urging the agency to require the Chemours Company to conduct toxicity testing on 54 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) detected near its North Carolina plant, arguing the petition was insufficiently supported and the testing too costly.

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New Jersey court rejects industry groups’ bid to stay state PFAS rules

A New Jersey state court has rejected businesses’ call to stay landmark New Jersey water rules for the two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pending resolution of litigation over the regulations.

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Florida agriculture official urges Biden EPA to reverse CWA 404 decision

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking President-elect Joe Biden’s designee for EPA administrator to reconsider allowing the state to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permitting.

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New Jersey DEP Chief McCabe Faults EPA For Lack Of PFAS Class Policy

Retiring New Jersey environment chief Catherine McCabe is faulting what she calls a lack of EPA leadership as one of two major obstacles that explain why the state cannot yet regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class, adding that the other hurdle is differences among the chemicals that make a single rule difficult.

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EPA poised to propose new PFAS drinking water monitoring

The final rule requiring drinking water utilities to monitor for currently unregulated contaminants is expected to require sampling for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Rejecting Concerns Of Many, EPA Quickly Finalizes 1,4-Dioxane Evaluation

Three weeks after receiving public comments, the Trump EPA has quickly finalized its controversial TSCA evaluation of 1,4-dioxane, rejecting concerns from chemical producers, states and environmentalists over its 11th-hour supplemental that exposure to the substance when used as a byproduct in consumer products does not pose unreasonable risks.

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