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EPW Democrats query Wheeler on order to slash advisory panels

Democratic senators on the environment committee are asking the EPA administrator to explain how the agency plans to implement an executive order to eliminate one-third of federal advisory committees.

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Filling EPA Gap, California Targets 1,4-Dioxane In Consumer Products

California regulators are considering restrictions or a potential ban on 1,4-dioxane in personal care and cleaning products under the state’s green chemistry program, primarily to reduce amounts of the likely human carcinogen in water supplies, filling a gap left by the Trump EPA’s plan precluding such limits from its pending toxics rules.

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Trump-Appointed Advisers Back EPA Bid To Ease Strict Cancer Risk Method

Trump administration appointees to EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) are bolstering agency efforts to scale back use of a conservative risk assessment method that assumes no safe level of exposure to certain carcinogens, clearing the way for a less-strict approach that could help justify eased rules for industrial chemicals and nuclear radiation.

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Democratic AGs Urge Congress To Act On PFAS But Omit Key Proposals

Nearly two dozen Democratic attorneys general (AGs) are urging Congress to approve a series of plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in pending House and Senate defense bills, but the officials omitted calls for lawmakers to approve several contested measures, including plans to require EPA to craft water rules, highlighting the difficulty they face as they seek to resolve their differences.

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EPA Backs Industry Call To Revise Coal Ash Rule’s Approach To Waste Reuse

EPA is proposing to rework how its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash rule handles reuse of the waste, backing industry requests to scrap the current numeric approach and imposing instead a mandate to “control releases” that environmentalists say amounts to an exemption from regulation for structural fills and other activites.

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Advisers Query EPA’s Narrow TSCA Assessment Of 1,4-Dioxane’s Risks

EPA science advisers are urging the agency to do a better job of explaining its decision to focus only on occupational exposures to the solvent 1,4-dioxane in its second draft risk evaluation under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with some advisers questioning the agency’s decision to exclude general population exposures.

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EDF Says EPA’s Proposed Priority Chemicals List Violates TSCA Criteria

Environmentalists are charging that the list of 20 existing chemicals that EPA has proposed as high priority candidates for the next round of assessments -- and possible regulation -- marks a “serious statutory violation” because the agency is not giving “sufficient preference” to criteria detailed in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Pallone warns EPA over tire crumb study

“It is entirely premature for the report to suggest that consumers’ exposure to the material’s chemical contents is low,” says House energy committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

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Following Criticism, New Pentagon Chief Seeks To Reset PFAS Response

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s creation of a high-level task force to take a “proactive stance” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination signals the Pentagon’s new chief is seeking to take control of an issue for which DOD has drawn strong criticisms for months and prompted Congress to advance legislation to address it.

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EPA Agrees To Extension For TSCA Risk Evaluations, Delays OPPT Reform

Following criticism that EPA was unnecessarily rushing to complete the first 10 risk evaluations required by the revised toxics law by the end of the year, the agency’s toxics chief says officials will use the additional six months the law allows to complete the studies but they are still aiming to complete all peer reviews by the December 2019 deadline.

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