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Biden EPA seeks stay of lead dust hazard rule litigation

The Biden administration is asking a federal appeals court to grant a 60-day stay of litigation brought by environmentalists seeking to strengthen Trump EPA 2019 dust-lead hazard standards.

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Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law and instead said the agency would weigh whether they should receive such a designation.

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Broad Coalition Urges EPA To Reverse Trump-Era Safer Choice Cuts

An alliance of major chemical industry groups, state and local regulators, individual companies and environmentalists is urging EPA to reinvigorate its Safer Choice labeling program for household products made with less-toxic materials, building momentum for efforts to undo Trump-era cuts to its staff and resources.

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EPA Pulls Controversial PFBS Assessment, Citing ‘Political Interference’

EPA has withdrawn the Trump administration’s controversial Jan. 19 toxicity assessment of perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS), a document that critics say would have set an adverse precedent limiting how states, industry and other risk managers could apply chemical studies, saying it was the product of “political interference.”

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EPA Urged To Regulate 1,4-Dioxane Uses Excluded From Risk Evaluation

Environmentalists are urging EPA to consider regulating certain uses and exposure pathways of 1,4-dioxane under TSCA even though the Trump administration excluded them from its controversial evaluation of the substance, arguing that the benefits that accrue from such rules could justify any regulations.

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EPA officials weigh changes to animal testing directive

EPA research officials say the agency is likely to continue developing alternatives to animal testing although Administrator-designate Michael Regan may wish to change the specifics.

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Fertilizer industry defends legal standing in radioactive byproduct case

The Fertilizer Institute is defending its legal right to intervene in environmentalists’ suit over EPA’s decision to allow the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production in federal road construction.

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Environmentalists’ Lawsuits Target Trump EPA TSCA Evaluations

Federal appeals courts are weighing a growing series of lawsuits filed by environmentalists and public health groups over the Trump EPA’s TSCA chemical evaluations, setting the stage for opponents of the last administration to push the agency to tighten those assessments both on its own initiative and through litigation.

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Bipartisan Group Pushes Biden For Quick PFAS Rules But Also Readies Bill

A bipartisan group of 132 House lawmakers is urging President Joe Biden to take immediate steps to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while also readying legislation on a range of additional items, part of a three-part strategy to tackle PFAS through legislation, policy-making and public education.

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EPA Plans To Seek Comprehensive BOSC Review Of PFAS Research Plan

EPA’s research office is planning to ask its external advisory panel later this year to review the agency’s research plan for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a variety of media, with the agency hopeful it will have some screening results by then to guide risk assessment as well as some data on PFAS destruction technologies.

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