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EPA Pledges ‘Partnerships’ With GOP-Aligned Environmental Group

EPA’s newly inked agreement with the conservative American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is an unusual if not unique move to set up a working relationship with a political advocacy group that touts itself as an alternative to environmentalists that “have disenfranchised those who are right-of-center,” though EPA is downplaying the agreement as nonbinding.

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House Eyes Asbestos Ban But Few Query Chlorine Sector’s PFAS Alternative

House Democrats’ bill to ban uses of asbestos appears to be advancing after state officials opened the door to a longer phase-out period for chlorine producers, but few involved in talks on the bill are discussing prospects that implementing any ban will eventually drive the sector to use an alternate technology that uses perflourinated chemicals.

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Environmentalists Warn EPA Against Using Texas’ Weaker EtO Risk Limit

Environmental groups are warning EPA against using Texas’ proposed assessment of the health risks of ethylene oxide (EtO), which is much weaker than the agency’s, when officials write new air toxics rules for sectors emitting the carcinogenic pollutant, saying that to do so would violate legal requirements that the agency use “best available science.”

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Democrat Hints At Industry’s Criminal Liability On PFAS But Seeks Cleanup

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA), chairman of the House oversight environment panel, is suggesting that manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be criminally liable for intentionally hiding toxicity findings of their chemicals while continuing to produce products with them and discharge the substances.

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Complicating Effort, IRIS Arsenic Analysis To Include Dual Risk Approaches

In a change from past plans, EPA’s assessment of the human health risks of exposure to inorganic arsenic will contain both novel estimates for non-cancer risk endpoints recommended by science advisors as well as traditional single-point reference values sought by the agency’s program offices, perhaps complicating the long-running effort to update EPA’s 1991 assessment.

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EPA Urged To Block DOD’s Thermal Disposal Of Explosives Containing PFAS

Local citizen groups are petitioning EPA Region 4 to block the U.S. military from using thermal methods for disposing of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee Army ammunition plant, putting new pressure on the military as it seeks to dispose of items containing the chemicals.

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Calls Grow To Strengthen Oversight Of Refiners’ Hydrogen Fluoride

Federal and local officials are stepping up calls for the Trump administration to strengthen oversight of the use and storage of hydrogen fluoride (HF) by dozens of refiners in the wake of a series of industrial incidents at several facilities across the country that have raised safety concerns for employees and adjacent communities.

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Great Lakes groups press candidates on water agenda

A coalition is asking 2020 presidential candidates to commit to increased funding and enforcement to address clean water and drinking water issues in the region.

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Asbestos Case Tests Plaintiffs’ Use Of APA To Ease TSCA Litigation Options

A pending suit over EPA’s denial of environmentalists’ petition seeking to require reporting of asbestos uses under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is testing plaintiffs’ ability to use remedies in both the toxics law and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge such denials, potentially expanding plaintiffs’ litigation options.

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New Hampshire approves strictest PFAS standards

The state’s enforceable drinking water and groundwater quality standards for four perfluorinated chemicals are more stringent than first proposed and the strictest in the nation.

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