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House Democrats seek PV29 data EPA calls trade secret

The Democrats' request echoes environmentalists' charges that the revised TSCA does not allow EPA to withhold health and safety studies by claiming they are confidential business information.

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EPA Reconsiders Use Of EtO IRIS Value In Rules, Drawing Sharp Criticism

EPA appears to be reconsidering whether to continue using a strict Obama-era risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO) for regulatory purposes, a step that appears to bolster a request from the chemical industry but one that is drawing sharp criticism from congressional Democrats, who are urging the agency to “preserve” the value.

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Environmentalists Seek To Block DOD's PFAS Disposal Ahead Of EPA Listing

Environmentalists are seeking to block military efforts to dispose of material containing perfluorinated compounds before EPA advances a plan to regulate the compounds under Superfund law, calling for a halt in the incineration of firefighting foam containing the chemicals and successfully objecting to disposal of contaminated soil in a New Jersey landfill.

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EPA sends proposed CDR revisions for OMB review

The White House is reviewing a proposed rule updating EPA’s chemical data reporting rule after industry, states, and environmentalists have sparred over potential changes to the program.

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California Officials Defend New Chlorpyrifos Use Restrictions From Attacks

Pesticides department officials and county agricultural regulators are defending new restrictions on the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos from attacks by environmental and public health groups, which charge the rules fail to provide adequate protections and argue the state must immediately move to ban the organophosphate insecticide.

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EPA Faces New State Pressure To Tighten Assessment Of PFAS Risks

EPA is facing pressure from states and water utilities to tighten its assessment of the risks posed by a pair of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) substances, known as GenX and PFBS, intensifying pressure on the agency to step up its oversight of the broad class of chemicals in part as a way to harmonize state standards.

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EPA's reported PFAS decision raises GOP senator's concerns

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's (R-WV) concern is raising doubts about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler's confirmation due to reports the agency has decided not to craft enforceable standards for two PFAS.

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EPA eyes alternates to PFAS drinking water standard (updated)

Even as concern mounts over EPA's decision not to craft enforceable drinking water standards, the agency is considering other steps, including Superfund regulation and emergency cleanup orders under SDWA.

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Safer chemicals group targets restaurant chains

Environmentalists are focusing toxics reduction efforts on food packaging used at many chain restaurants, fearing increased exposure to harmful perfluorinated compounds.

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EPA Withdraws Pesticide Rollback Rules, Clearing Path For PRIA Renewal

EPA has withdrawn from White House review rollbacks of Obama-era pesticide farmworker protection rules, part of a deal with Democratic senators to win confirmation for the Trump administration’s new toxics chief and clear the way for Congress to renew EPA’s authority to collect industry fees to support timely pesticide reviews.

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