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Toxics

White House weighing EPA’s lead dust hazard rule

EPA is facing a court-ordered deadline to strengthen its 2001 lead paint dust hazard standard.

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222032

EPA Faces New Battle Over RMP As Industry Targets Meeting Requirement

Complicating Trump EPA plans to rollback Obama-era facility safety rules, industry lawyers are warning that the agency faces constitutional challenges over its plan to retain provisions that require companies to hold a public meeting to disclose data on an incident, saying the mandate helps potential plaintiffs and seeks to regulate by “shaming.”

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222031

7th Circuit Ruling Cements Trend Of Low Threshold For RCRA Citizen Suits

A recent ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit cements a trend of judges setting a low threshold for citizen suits to proceed that allege imminent and substantial endangerment under federal waste law, allowing cases to advance that merely raise the risk of harm rather than the threat of irreparable harm.

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222028

EPA drops plan to repeal Washington water quality standard

EPA has for now dropped its plan to act on an industry petition to roll back strict Obama-era toxics limits but an environmentalist says the move is “an unfortunate signal” that EPA will resume its reconsideration.

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222006

EPA proposes changes for 2020 chemical data rule

The proposal includes provisions aimed at limiting businesses' reporting burdens, which industry groups had failed to win when a negotiated rulemaking on the issue collapsed in 2017.

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222002

IRIS' High-Profile Chief To Be Shifted To New Role Under ORD Reorganization

Tina Bahadori, chief of the EPA research center that oversees its influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, is slated to be shifted to a new role as part of the Office of Research and Development's (ORD) reorganization, a move that some say may be driven by her efforts to advance a program the Trump administration is seeking to sideline.

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221988

EPA proposes rule for reviewing certain TSCA CBI claims

The agency will take public comment for 60 days on its proposal outlining requirements for certain industry confidential business information claims under the revised toxics law.

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221964

Despite Bipartisan Support, Officials Doubt PFAS Bills' Prospects

A top Defense Department (DOD) environment official is expressing doubt over prospects for bipartisan and bicameral legislation that seeks to boost regulation and funding for addressing cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an assessment that at least one top Democrat appears to share.

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221962

EPA's Toxics Office Eyes Addressing PFAS In Smaller Subclasses

EPA's toxics office is eying the possibility of eventually addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in small subclasses, an approach that would likely ease efforts to deal with the thousands of chemicals in the class though it could set up obstacles for industry if newer PFAS are part of a heavily regulated subclass.

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221961

IG issues alert on inaccuracy of POTW TRI data

The IG’s “identification of these discrepancies led to the EPA’s discovery that total release calculations provided by the publicly available database do not properly include the POTW release amounts,” the alert says.

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221947

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