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Court Rejects EPA Bid To Preclude ‘Legacy Uses’ From TSCA Evaluations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has denied environmentalists and labor groups’ challenges to the scope of EPA’s framework rule for evaluating existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but the court also rejected EPA’s push to preclude “legacy uses” and associated disposal when assessing risks.

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Bodine Defends Trump EPA’s Enforcement Efforts In Face Of Criticisms

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is strongly defending the Trump administration’s commitment to environmental enforcement, using remarks at a Nov. 12 conference to repeatedly “push back” on the “misconception” that the administration is reducing enforcement efforts.

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House Democrats Seek To Bolster Expected Suits Over EPA Science Rule

House science committee Democrats sought to use their Nov. 13 hearing on EPA’s controversial proposed science transparency rule to bolster all but certain litigation over any final measure, though the agency witness largely declined to discuss details of a leaked draft supplemental proposal that has drawn scathing criticisms.

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IRIS identifies five PFAS for assessment

EPA says the chemicals were chosen because they were “identified as a priority to inform decision making” by several program and regional offices, as well as states and tribes.

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EPA Seeks To Address Science Rule Criticisms But Draws New Charges

EPA’s high-profile draft supplement to its controversial proposed rule on science transparency seeks to address a range of criticisms levelled at its first plan, including providing statutory authority, defining key and novel terms and clarifying the plan’s applicability and retroactivity, but the supplement is drawing new -- and equally harsh -- criticisms.

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Air Force, Michigan Fight May Set Precedent On PFAS Cleanup Reviews

The Air Force and Michigan regulators are battling over whether a Superfund five-year review should address per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) even though they were not subject to the original cleanup plan, a dispute whose outcome could set precedent for similar cleanup reviews at other sites.

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DOD Sets PFAS Screening Levels But Faulted For Preempting EPA

The Defense Department (DOD) has quietly issued guidance setting Superfund screening levels for three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater and other media, but the measure is drawing criticism from a former top EPA official who says it effectively preempts EPA’s pending groundwater cleanup guide for two of the substances and adopts much less stringent levels than those suggested by EPA if the chemicals are not comingled.

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Fearing Increases, DOD Seeks To Track Services’ PFAS Cleanup Costs

A top Defense Department (DOD) official is asking the military services to account for recent costs related to investigating and cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an effort that comes after officials acknowledged that their earlier estimates fell short.

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EPA seeks to revise CBI rule after TSCA ruling

EPA is proposing “two additional questions that manufacturers and processors would be required to answer to substantiate certain CBI claims for specific chemical identities.”

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Senators eye penalty bill fix to ease responders’ concerns over facility risk

Firefighters fear the Senate small business bill could put first responders and communities at risk if recordkeeping failures occur at chemical facilities housing hazardous materials.

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