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OIG launches review of ORD meeting customer needs

The Inspector General’s self-initiated review is examining whether EPA’s research office plans meet the needs of the agency’s program and regional offices.

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EDF urges OMB to protect workers in EPA methylene chloride ban

The Environmental Defense Fund is urging White House officials to ensure that EPA’s final rule banning uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers addresses worker exposures.

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9th Circuit Grants EPA Rehearing Of Order Compelling Chlorpyrifos Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has granted EPA’s request for rehearing of a panel’s ruling that vacated former Administrator Scott Pruitt's reversal of an Obama-era proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, raising the possibility the court could undo the order and reject environmentalists' bid to block the substance from the market.

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EPA Cautions EtO Air Monitoring Data Indicates 'Background' Sources

EPA officials are cautioning that air monitoring near a high-profile Illinois sterilizing facility that uses ethylene oxide (EtO) -- where agency modeling data have indicated the chemical may pose a higher potential cancer risk to residents -- has detected background levels of EtO that appears to be coming from sources other than the facility.

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EPA extends TSCA review deadlines for new chemicals

As agency observers anticipated, EPA has officially extended the Toxics Substances Control Act review periods for new chemicals that were in progress during the recent government shutdown.

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District judge orders CSB to issue accident reporting rule

The judge is ordering CSB to issue a rule requiring facilities to report accidental releases, granting proponents a victory as the Trump administration seeks to rollback a recent EPA facility safety rule.

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Ohio joins New York in seeking break from PFAS litigation

Both Ohio and New York say their litigation against the manufacturers of perfluorinated chemicals used in fire-fighting foam should be separated from consolidated multidistrict litigation.

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ADAO Asks EPA To Reconsider Asbestos Petition Denial, States File Petition

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is urging EPA to reconsider its denial of the group's request that the agency amend chemical reporting rules to increase reporting on asbestos importation and use in the United States, a request that comes as state attorneys general are filing their own petition asking EPA to take the same actions.

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EPA Eyes End To NSR Compliance Priority, Adding Water And Lead Goals

EPA is proposing new compliance initiatives (NCIs) for fiscal years 2020-2023 that include eliminating the agency’s priority on enforcing the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit program, while adding new priorities on noncompliance with drinking water standards and reducing children’s exposures to lead.

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Wheeler Faces Bipartisan Concerns On PFAS Ahead Of Confirmation Vote

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is facing bipartisan concerns from 20 senators ahead of an upcoming confirmation vote over the agency's expected decision to refrain from establishing enforceable drinking water standards for two of the most common perfluorinated compounds, putting pressure on the agency to reverse course.

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