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OIG expands inquiry into EPA civil rights compliance

The Office of Inspector General had previously been investigating EPA’s oversight of groups that received Clean Air Act funding, but it will now look into groups that receive any agency funds.

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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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EPA Grapples With TSCA’s ‘Balance’ Of Data Needs Vs. Disclosures

EPA’s toxics chief says the agency is grappling with how to obtain more data about chemicals from companies while having limited ability to protect it as confidential business information (CBI) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an issue industry sources say limits companies’ interest and ability to share studies with EPA.

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Industry, EPA Struggle To Share NMP Studies Under Revised TSCA Law

EPA and a group of chemical companies are struggling to reach agreement on industry’s offer to provide a pair of studies the companies funded on the reproductive toxicity of n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in the agency’s ongoing TSCA evaluation of the chemical, while seeking to keep the signed study report from public release so it cannot be used by competitors.

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Industry Ramps Up Attacks In Suit Testing Constitutionality Of Prop. 65

In a case that tests the constitutionality of California’s landmark chemical warning label law, a coalition of agriculture industry groups is pushing back against the state’s defenses as the parties prepare for a hearing on competing summary judgment motions slated for this spring.

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CSB correcting cybersecurity weaknesses, responding to EPA IG

The IG called for the CSB to “greatly improve and strengthen its cybersecurity program by fully defining the policies, procedures and strategies to manage supply chain risks and eradicate security incidents.”

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EPA Draws Competing Transparency Calls For New Chemicals Program

In a rare moment of agreement, the chemical industry and environmentalists are generally urging EPA to provide more transparency into the actions of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) new chemicals review program, though the two sides are targeting different aspects of the program for increased transparency.

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Insurers Exclude PFAS Due To Regulatory Uncertainty, Chilling Transactions

Responding to regulatory uncertainty, insurers have begun excluding coverage for both actual and potential contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a move that is killing transactions and can affect a wide array of industry sectors, according to an attorney who spoke at a recent environmental legal forum.

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Democrats embrace EPR in broad plastics bill

The bill seeks to shift responsibility for recycling and cleanup to producers in an effort to “put the United States on a path to break free from plastic pollution,” the lawmakers say.

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EPA reports long-term drop in TRI releases

Total releases in the first two years of the Trump administration remain higher than the last two years or the Obama administration.

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