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Michigan officials defend PFAS standards, criticize 3M lawsuit

Michigan state officials are firing back at chemical manufacturer 3M over its attempt to overturn the state’s rules to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Dingell Seeks Tougher PFAS Limits After ATSDR Adopts Strict Risk Values

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), a leader of Capitol Hill efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is urging regulators and other federal officials to quickly adopt stricter limits on the chemicals after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) formally adopted risk values more conservative than EPA’s.

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EPA launches new ICR for ethylene oxide air rule

The agency is seeking more information on ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions in order to conduct a review of its existing air toxics rule for the commercial sterilizers sector.

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Freedhoff Expected To Win Confirmation Despite TSCA Policy Battles

A former EPA chemicals chief says Michal Freedhoff is widely expected to win confirmation to lead EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) following her Senate hearing May 12, as stakeholders continue to line up behind her despite industry opposition to many of her TSCA policies.

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Denka defends emissions compliance at Louisiana facility

Denka Performance Elastomer, which produces chloroprene rubber, is defending the emissions performance of a facility it owns in Louisiana in response to a challenge from civil rights groups.

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As NAS Weighs Advice To Clinicians, Citizens Call For PFAS Medical Testing

Citizens affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Midwest told a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that they support medical testing of PFAS in communities and incorporating PFAS-related protocols into medical screenings just as other potential exposures are screened for during health appointments.

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CSB Nominees Face Confirmation Battle As Key Stakeholders Split

President Joe Biden’s nominees to fill three of four vacant slots on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the agency that advises OSHA and EPA on needed policy changes to curtail industrial incidents, are facing likely Senate confirmation battles as key outside groups are split over their relative expertise.

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EPA Clashes With OIG Over Call To Tighten Emission Rules For Two HAPs

EPA is clashing with its Office of Inspector General (OIG) over a new OIG report that urges the agency to tighten its emissions rules for the hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ethylene oxide (EtO) and chloroprene, rejecting what it sees as overly prescriptive rulemaking recommendations and avoiding any firm promise to tighten its regulations.

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ATSDR Maintains Strict Draft PFAS Risk Levels In Final Toxicity Report

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final toxicological profile for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), preserving without changes the minimal risk levels (MRLs) it proposed in 2018 -- all at levels more conservative than those EPA has used to craft its own exposure limits.

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ATSDR Maintains Strict Draft PFAS Risk Levels In Final Toxicity Report

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final toxicological profile for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), preserving without changes the minimal risk levels (MRLs) it proposed in 2018 -- all at levels more conservative than those EPA has used to craft its own exposure limits.

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