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EPA rejects confidential NMP studies under TSCA

EPA’s decision is renewing controversy over whether EPA can keep confidential industry toxicology studies that it uses in its TSCA assessments.

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EPA’s EtO Risk Approach In MON Proposal Sparks Competing Criticisms

Industry and environmental groups clashed at a Jan. 16 public hearing over EPA’s use of its conservative cancer risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO) and related modifications in its proposal to update its air toxics rule on miscellaneous organic chemical manufacturing (MON) facilities.

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Community Groups Step Up Push On EPA To Regulate PFAS Under RCRA

Community groups are petitioning EPA to list dozens of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous wastes” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the second such effort in the past few months aimed at subjecting materials containing the chemicals to the law’s strict cradle-to-grave regulatory system.

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CSB’s Accidental Chemical Release Proposal Draws Competing Criticisms

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) proposed accidental chemical release rule is drawing competing criticisms, with environmentalists and other advocacy groups saying it weakens reporting mandates to the point of being “useless” while industry entities claim it risks subjecting companies to “inappropriate enforcement.”

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Michigan sues PFAS manufacturers for contamination damages

The state is suing manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), joining a handful of other states in seeking damages and injury allegedly caused by contamination from the substances.

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Senate urged to oppose nomination of former EPA toxics official

Dozens of environmental and labor groups are urging the Senate to oppose the “rumored nomination” of Nancy Beck to lead the CPSC.

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Environmentalists urge EPA to use IRIS’ EtO value in MON rule

“We are calling on EPA to continue to apply the final 2016 IRIS-derived ethylene oxide cancer risk estimate in this rulemaking and future rulemakings,” an Earthjustice scientist told EPA.

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EPA Faces Competing TSCA Attacks On Draft Methylene Chloride Analysis

Environmentalists and a chemical industry group are signaling possible future litigation over EPA’s evaluation of the human health and environmental risks of exposure to methylene chloride (MC), a common solvent, with groups arguing in recent comments that the agency’s draft evaluation does not meet Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) mandates.

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EPA Urged To Weigh Chemicals’ Effects On Ozone Layer In TSCA Reviews

A group that has long sought to speed the phase-out of ozone-depleting chemicals is warning EPA that it must consider the ozone-depleting effects of methylene chloride and a dozen chemicals on the agency’s list for the next 20 to evaluate under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), because they pose risks to human health and the environment.

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TSCA Plaintiffs Overcome Early Hurdles But Face Judge’s Skepticism

Plaintiffs challenging EPA’s denial of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) citizen petition seeking to ban drinking water fluoridation may have overcome an initial EPA motion to end the case but the judge’s recent ruling allowing the landmark suit to proceed highlights the court’s skepticism on key issues to address in the future, attorneys say.

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