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Researchers warn funding limits leave PFAS knowledge gaps

The Delaware River Basin Commission has been able to test for per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fish tissue to guide health advisories, but funding limits have left environmental knowledge gaps.

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EPA Agrees To Mandate Asbestos Reporting In Tentative CDR Settlement

EPA, states and environmental groups have reached a tentative settlement to add asbestos to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program, teeing up a new mandate for facilities to report their imports and uses of the substance although an exact deadline for the rulemaking remains uncertain.

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Sierra Club Seeks Stricter EPA Air Toxics Rules For Cyanide, Polyurethane

Sierra Club is asking the Biden EPA to strengthen Trump-era proposed air toxics rules for the cyanide products and polyurethane foam production sectors, including tougher emissions limits, more air monitoring mandates and rejecting Clean Air Act violation waivers for pollution during “force majeure” events.

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Senators Ask Treasury To Back Using Stimulus Funds For PFAS Mitigation

A bipartisan group of eight senators is urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow states and localities to use funds designated broadly for water and sewer infrastructure under the massive COVID-19 stimulus package toward mitigating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, calling it a “critical need.”

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EPA sends advance notice of 1-BP HAP listing rule to OMB

The agency’s notice to list 1-bromopropane (1-BP) as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) under the Clean Air Act appears to be similar to an earlier version drafted by the Trump administration.

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EPA will leave acting water, chemicals posts vacant during confirmation

Radhika Fox and Michal Freedhoff will remain top political officials in EPA’s water and chemical offices respectively while their nominations are pending, but will exercise no formal legal authority.

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Despite Lawmakers’ Demands, PFAS Bill Leaves Many TSCA Limits To EPA

The bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking strict limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is backing legislation that would require EPA to take only some of the steps they have previously sought to regulate the chemicals under TSCA, leaving their push for a “phase-out” of their existing uses up to the agency’s discretion.

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ACC opposes bipartisan House bill to force EPA PFAS rules

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is opposing the bipartisan House bill, introduced April 13, that would set requirements for EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Biden’s Nominations For EPA Water, Toxics Chiefs Tee Up Legal Test

President Joe Biden will nominate EPA acting water chief Radhika Fox and chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff to lead their offices permanently, but his plan to keep them in their acting roles pending Senate confirmation might pose a test of the strict legal standard for when officials can be nominated to fill posts they hold in acting capacities.

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Biden Nominations Of EPA Water, Toxics Chiefs Leave Top Slots Open

Updated on 04/14/21 @ 6:41 pm EST - President Joe Biden will nominate EPA acting water chief Radhika Fox and chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff to lead their offices permanently but they will step down from their current positions and become principal deputies in their respective offices pending Senate confirmation, leaving the top water and toxics division slots open.

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