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EPA withdraws formaldehyde air rule over missing test

EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule on formaldehyde emissions from wood products in response to adverse comments, and will pursue a notice-and-comment rulemaking.

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EPA Group Plans New PFAS Test Methods As Labs Grapple With Demand

EPA has created a new intra-office work group that is developing more validated test methods to address a wider array of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) than is currently available, an effort that could aid laboratories that face an increasing demand to conduct sampling analysis since the agency issued drinking water advisories for two such substances in 2016 but which are facing backlogs and limited funds.

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OPPT Hedges On TSCA Rules For Legacy Uses Of Persistent Chemicals

EPA officials are undecided on whether to assess exposures to, and manage risks of, legacy uses and disposal of persistent and biaccumulative chemicals under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), opening the door to a limitation that is already a feature of litigation over the Trump administration's rules governing TSCA assessments and chemical prioritization processes.

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Staff Urge Changes To Risk Assessment Division In OPPT Reorganization

Staff in EPA's toxics office, which senior officials are reorganizing to better implement the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), are urging managers to also reorganize the Risk Assessment Division (RAD) as part of the effort, saying any failure to tap the RAD for overhaul would hobble TSCA implementation.

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EPA launches new PFAS initiative

EPA is launching a new, cross-agency workgroup to help a growing number of states, localities and tribes that are struggling to deal with the chemicals in their jurisdictions.

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EPA Allies Warn Of Toxics, Enforcement Cuts To Fight FY18 Spending Plan

Environmentalists and other EPA allies are trying to fight major proposed fiscal year 2018 funding cuts for the agency by warning of the adverse health and environmental impacts that the cuts would have in scrapping a key toxic risk assessment program and significantly cutting enforcement, among other scaled-back programs.

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EPA plans to revise TSCA 'small manufacturers' definition

After reviewing public comments on an Obama-era proposal, the Trump EPA is now planning to revise the definition of “small businesses” under the federal toxics law.

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EPA Renews Pledge To Issue Perchlorate Rule After Official Raised Doubts

A lead member of EPA's water office staff reassured members of the agency's children's health advisory panel that officials will continue on their path toward regulating the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate in drinking water, despite a suggestion from a top agency office last month that raised questions in some stakeholders' minds.

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Industry, Environmentalists Spar Over Perchlorate Peer Review Documents

Environmentalists and industry stakeholders are sparring over documents that EPA prepared for a second round of peer review of the model intended to assist the agency in setting a drinking water goal for the rocket fuel perchlorate -- even as the agency has failed to meet its first court ordered deadline for doing so.

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Research ties PFOA phase-out with drop in low birth weights

The study's authors are praising EPA for its voluntary phase out agreement it struck with the chemical's manufacturers in 2006.

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