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States Urged To Address PFC Contamination In Absence Of EPA Standard

Environmentalists and others are pressing state governments to more aggressively address perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), a class of emerging contaminants, in drinking water, urging them to set strict enforceable standards in the absence of regulation from EPA.

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Michigan Weighs Challenging Air Force's Stance On State PFC Water Law

Michigan regulators are weighing options with their state attorney general's office to decide whether to challenge the Air Force's stance that it will not comply with a recently enacted state law aimed at addressing perfluorinated chemical contamination in groundwater due to the military's belief the law is discriminatory, according to state sources.

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Senate Democrats Oppose Regulatory Reform Bill Over TSCA Concerns

A Senate panel has approved a high-profile regulatory reform bill in a largely party-line vote but top Democrats are strongly opposing the bill in part because they charge it would stymie implementation of EPA's new toxics control law, raising doubts that industry and other supporters will be able to win over enough Democrats to overcome an almost certain filibuster.

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Lawsuit Seeking Facility Data May Bolster Push To Preserve EPA RMP Rule

Environmental and labor groups are urging a federal court in New Jersey to compel state and local officials to publicly disclose industrial facility emergency response plans (ERPs) in a lawsuit industry attorneys say highlights the need for the Trump EPA's plan to revise an Obama administration facility safety rule though it could bolster efforts to preserve the rule.

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BRT seeks to streamline agencies' chemical programs

The group of CEOs urges the Trump administration to act before Congress to address EPA's overlapping jurisdictions with other agencies.

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SAB, CASAC Nominations Delayed, Raising Questions Over Agency Plans

EPA's process for selecting new members for two of its congressionally mandated scientific advisory committees is behind schedule this year, heightening observers' concerns over the Trump administration's approach to scientific reviews after reports last week that the agency delayed acting on a process for selecting members for a third panel.

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EPA's Draft Nano Rule Guide Appears Unlikely To Prevent Industry Lawsuit

EPA is floating draft guidance clarifying its final nanomaterials reporting rule, including definitions of reportable and exempt materials, though the draft appears unlikely to prevent a lawsuit from nanomaterials producers and users over their claims that the final rule unlawfully failed to give them a chance to weigh in on the definitions.

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EPA Pesticides Office Considers GHS Labeling To Advance CompTox Use

EPA's pesticides office is considering adoption of an international labeling protocol for pesticide products, a move that is intended to make it easier for the agency to adopt new non-animal toxicity testing methods -- an effort usually cheered by industry though in this instance, pesticide manufacturers are raising concerns about the move.

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Peer Review Report Questions Perchlorate Model's Fitness For EPA Policy

The final report by a panel of experts who reviewed a federal model intended to help EPA set a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate questions the model's ability to perform its purpose, and by its extension EPA's ability to meet court-ordered deadlines for the drinking water level.

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EPA Eyes Broader Exemption From TSCA Reporting For Small Businesses

EPA has extended the deadline for comments on its proposed definition of “small” businesses that are exempt from, or subject to less strict, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) records and reporting requirements, after the Small Business Administration (SBA) and industry parties suggested the agency broaden the factors it is weighing for its upcoming revisions to the definition.

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