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EPA seeks comments on perchlorate materials, peer reviewers

The action is unlikely to help ensure the agency meets a court-ordered deadline for completing its review.

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EWG Presses EPA To Add Consumer Uses To Scope Of Dioxane Review

Environmentalists are urging EPA to expand the scope of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) review of 1,4-dioxane to consider potential exposures from consumer uses of personal care and cleaning products, after releasing data that shows widespread occurrence of the substance in drinking water locations around the country.

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TSCA Reporting Rule Negotiations Collapse, Forcing EPA To Begin Again

Even before a final meeting slated for October, a negotiated rulemaking panel convened to inform a future EPA rule to reduce reporting burdens for certain chemicals' uses has broken down after members agreed they would not reach a required consensus recommendation.

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GOP senators offer companion to House EPA science bill

The senators have not revised the House measure to address concerns that it would impede implementation of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act, increase the agency's costs and limit protections for confidential business information.

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Industry seeks to intervene to defend EPA's TSCA rules

Businesses “could lose millions of dollars and years of research invested in a chemical, if an EPA risk evaluation ultimately results in restrictions,” the industry groups said.

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DOD Eyes FY19 To Better Address PFAS Contamination, Cleanup Budgets

As the Defense Department (DOD) faces growing local pressure to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a top official says fiscal year 2019 will be the earliest it can comprehensively budget for the cleanups even though DOD began initial testing and cleanup soon after EPA finalized health advisories for two PFASs in 2016.

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Plaintiffs Threaten Suit To Force ATSDR, EPA To Pursue National PFAS Study

An attorney representing clients exposed to perfluorinated chemicals in their drinking water and through the workplace is urging the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to work with EPA on a national health study of the human health impacts of exposure to the chemicals, or face a lawsuit to force the study.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Bolster CDR Rule To Inform TSCA Analyses

Environmentalists are urging EPA to strengthen its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, charging that the measure -- which EPA uses to gather most of its domestic chemical production data -- will be essential as the agency will need to use the data to comply with statutory requirements to prioritize chemicals for assessment under the reformed toxics law.

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Novel Enforcement Case Driving GOP Effort To Overhaul EPA's IRIS Program

Republicans on the House science committee are citing novel EPA and state enforcement efforts at a Louisiana chemical plant, based on a cancer risk estimate for chloroprene from the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), to make the case for their efforts to de-fund or overhaul the program, starting with a budget rider that would eliminate any IRIS funding in fiscal year 2018.

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EPA Rejects IG's Call For Broad Review Of Agency Risk Screening Tools

Top EPA officials are rejecting a call from their Inspector General (IG) for an agency-wide review of its web-based tools used for screening communities for environmental risks, though the IG says such an assessment is needed given anticipated EPA budget cuts that make it vital to avoid duplication in agency activities.

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