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SAB Gives Largely Critical Responses To EPA Science Transparency Rule

EPA science advisors are giving largely critical responses to the agency’s narrow questions about how to implement protections of trade secret or personal medical information as part of its effort to advance the science transparency rule that aims to bar agency decision-makers from relying on any information that is not publicly available.

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EPA updates aquatic life benchmarks for pesticide monitoring

The revised benchmarks table include new and updated values based on new toxicity assessments for four newly registered pesticides and 36 pesticides undergoing registration review.

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Landmark Tort Suit Against PFAS Makers Clears First Major Court Hurdle

A federal district court in Ohio has rejected efforts by the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to dismiss a landmark tort class action lawsuit that is pursuing industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine the health effects of numerous PFAS found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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Judge denies EPA’s request to delay TSCA fluoridation trial

Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said delaying the trial schedule by 65 days was unnecessary and prejudicial to the plaintiffs.

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New York loses attempt to sever PFAS claims from consolidated case

The state has failed once again to convince a federal district court to allow its tort litigation over contamination from firefighting foam to be heard by state court.

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Citing ‘unstable’ environment, EtO-emitting Illinois plant to shut down

The owner of a Chicago-area facility whose ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions spurred a nationwide focus on the chemical is shutting down its facility thanks to “the unstable legislative and regulatory landscape.”

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States Seek More Research, Test Methods To Address PFAS Air Transport

SEATTLE -- State officials are raising fresh concerns that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can travel long distances through the air, allowing the already widespread contaminants to reach areas far from facilities where they are manufactured or used, and are calling for new research into test methods that could detect airborne PFAS.

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Senate FY20 report includes multiple policy directives to EPA

Senate appropriators are issuing a variety of directives to EPA alongside their fiscal year 2020 spending bill, including on high-profile mining, water, toxics and biofuels issues.

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Wheeler Warns Hazardous Substance Listing For PFAS ‘Nearly Impossible’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it would be “nearly impossible” to implement a high-profile measure in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that would require EPA to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law within one year, triggering liability for parties that contributed to releases.

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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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