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Advisors Urge EPA To Bolster Data On PPE Use In Draft TSCA Analyses

EPA science advisors are urging agency officials to bolster the data they are using to justify their assumptions that workers are widely using personal protective equipment (PPE) when they determine that chemicals pose no “unreasonable risk” to workers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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PFAS study may be delayed due to OMB, ATSDR dispute

Such delays means that prospective participants may have less PFAS in their blood than they did when exposures were first discovered, given communities have curbed drinking water exposures in recent years.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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As PFAS ‘Chaos’ Deepens, States Make Case To Overhaul Drinking Water Law

As states move to craft their own standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the absence of EPA limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), state regulators are underscoring that the law is not working and are calling for an agency advisory panel to recommend changes, though agency officials say they are generally barred from asking Congress for legislative fixes.

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Judge Grapples With Whether To Dismiss Landmark TSCA Citizen Suit

A federal judge is grappling with tough questions on standing and review standards as he weighs whether to dismiss on both procedural and substantive grounds a potentially precedent-setting suit challenging EPA’s denial of a Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) citizen petition which asked the agency to ban drinking water fluoridation.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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EPA Rejects Calls For Emergency TSCA Rules On Methylene Chloride

EPA is rejecting calls from former officials and environmentalists to exercise special “emergency” authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to quickly address the risks of methylene chloride, the widely used solvent, arguing that the agency’s draft risk evaluation does not justify taking such an action.

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North Carolina advisors lean toward conservative Cr6 analysis

Draft recommendations concluded that scientific uncertainties are too great for the advisors to recommend an approach other than the strict linear default approaches that assume no safe levels of exposure.

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CBO Expects PFAS Drinking Water Limit To Cost Billions To Implement

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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EPA Grants First Industry Requests For TSCA Analyses Despite Legal Threats

EPA has granted first-time chemical industry requests to assess risks of two phthalate chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) despite warnings from environmentalists that approving the requests would be unlawful in part because they did not comply with the agency’s data requirements.

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