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New Mexico Urges EPA To Bring Rare PFAS Enforcement Action At Bases

New Mexico officials are urging EPA to bring rare administrative and judicial enforcement actions against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in light of the agency’s previous commitments, the latest front in states’ efforts to get regulators to address the contamination, though federal officials are rejecting their calls.

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EPA Seeks To Preempt California’s Glyphosate Warnings As Suit Nears

EPA is issuing guidance to companies that sell products containing the herbicide glyphosate to avoid and remove any labeling that says glyphosate causes cancer, in direct conflict with California Proposition 65 warning requirements for the chemical compound that have been temporarily set aside by a federal district court.

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Dropping Appeal, CSB Prepares To Issue Chemical Accident Reporting Rule

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is dropping its appeal of a federal district court’s order for the board to issue by February a final rule requiring accidental release reporting from chemical facilities, reaffirming the board’s plan released this spring to comply with the order’s timeline.

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EPA decision preserving chlorpyrifos uses draws suits

Environmentalists, farmworker groups and Democratic attorneys general are suing EPA over its recent decision preserving the remaining uses of the widely used pesticide.

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Top EPA Waste Official Commits To Final RMP Rollback Rule Before 2020

AUSTIN, TX -- A top EPA waste official is vowing that the agency will soon send for White House pre-publication review its final rule to undo Obama-era changes that tightened facility safety risk management plan (RMP) requirements, a surprise move refuting environmentalists’ suggestions that the rollback was “dead in the water."

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EPA Might Face TSCA Suit Over Worker Protections After Modifying SNUR

EPA is facing a possible suit from environmentalists after the agency rejected claims that a modified Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) significant new use rule (SNUR) for use of a specific chemical lacks adequate protections for oilfield workers that are exposed to the substance and any formaldehyde that may be associated with it.

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EPA plans focus groups for input on TSCA chemical risk reviews

The agency is planning to seek White House approval for a focus group and other survey techniques to guide its work on reviewing and managing risks from existing chemicals under the revised toxics law.

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Environmentalists Fault EPA’s TSCA Assumptions On Workers’ Use Of PPE

Environmentalists are strongly criticizing EPA’s risk evaluations for a common solvent and a largely phased-out flame retardant for what they say is a gross understatement of the risks that workers face from exposure to the chemicals, in part because the agency assumes workers will use protective equipment.

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Industry Cites New Study In Push To Weaken EPA 1,4-Dioxane Risk Findings

The chemical industry is pointing to a pending study it sponsored to bolster its argument that EPA erred in a draft toxics law evaluation of the solvent 1,4-dioxane when it concluded there is no safe exposure threshold below which the substance causes cancer, signaling plans to challenge future agency efforts to regulate uses of the chemical.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over lead dust rule

Environmentalists have criticized EPA for declining to adopt a new definition of “lead paint,” and for not tighten the hazard standards more than it did.

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