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EPA Imposes Obama-Era RMP Rule Mandates Despite Looming Rollback

In compliance with an appellate court order, EPA is issuing a final rule imposing requirements of the Obama administration's January 2017 final rule strengthening the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program, despite plans to issue early next year a final rule largely scrapping the Obama-era rule.

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Senate GOP Eyes Speedy Confirmation For Dunn After TSCA Pledges

Senate Republicans are eying a speedy confirmation for Alexandra Dunn, President Donald Trump's second nominee to lead EPA's toxics office, after a confirmation hearing where Democrats welcomed public and private pledges the nominee has made though they signaled they still need additional commitments before allowing the nomination to advance.

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NEJAC urges EPA to preserve farmworker protection rules

EPA's advisors cite a federal court's recent decision blocking the Keystone XL pipeline to argue that the agency has failed to justify rolling back the farmworker protection rule.

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Former ORD acting chief joins EPA toxics office leadership

Lek Kadeli's return to EPA bolsters the toxics office as it ramps up to implement the revised toxics law and the Senate prepares to consider Alexandra Dunn, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the office.

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Wheeler sees PFAS plan, lead rule in 2019

The acting administrator said he delayed issuance of the lead and copper drinking water rule as he sought a system to prioritize which pipes to replace based on a ranking of their corrosiveness.

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EPA Toxics Pick May Not Be Lightning Rod But Will Face Tough Queries

Alexandra Dunn, President Donald Trump's second nominee to serve as EPA's toxics chief, is not likely to face the same level of opposition during her Nov. 29 confirmation hearing that the administration's first nominee, Micheal Dourson, drew in his failed bid but sources expect that Dunn will still face tough questions on the Trump EPA's implementation of the revised federal toxics law and other issues.

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EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely To Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards

EPA's recently released draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), the first such study of an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is likely to pose a test of the new law's data standards as environmentalists and others doubt the agency has enough information on which to base its conclusion that the substance does not pose an “unreasonable risk.”

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Community doubts EPA reversal on Chicago-area EtO facility's risk

EPA's announcement that it may have overstated the amount of ethylene oxide in the air near a Sterigenics sterilizing facility in the Chicago-area is doing little to assuage community concerns.

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Pending settlement could end suits over GenX discharges

The $13 million agreement between Chemours, North Carolina and environmentalists requires the chemical manufacturer to reduce air emissions and prevent water discharges of GenX.

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Grevatt's Retirement Creates Uncertainty Over Fate Of EPA's PFAS Policy

Peter Grevatt, EPA's top official overseeing cross-agency policy on high-profile perfluorinated chemicals, is retiring from the agency after 30 years, creating uncertainty about who will take over the major task of responding to calls from lawmakers, states and communities to develop a comprehensive plan to address the contaminants.

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