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Senators reintroduce bipartisan mercury monitoring bill

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have reintroduced legislation to create a national mercury monitoring network, drawing praise from public health experts.

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Researchers Say EPA Undercounted Methylene Chloride Deaths, Urge Ban

A newly published analysis says EPA’s TSCA evaluation of methylene chloride undercounted deaths from exposure to products made with the chemical by almost 40 percent if not more, prompting calls from the report’s authors as well as environmental groups for the agency to ban use of the solvent.

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Fearing Delays, Capito Presses Regan For Details On EPA PFAS Research

Senate environmental panel ranking Republican Shelley Moore Capito (WV) is pressing EPA Administrator Michael Regan for an update on the agency’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) efforts, fearing delays for key research programs and stressing what she says is a need to fill data gaps to support regulatory decisions.

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EPA Urged To Use ‘Hierarchy Of Controls’ To Protect Workers Under TSCA

As EPA looks to tighten its TSCA worker-safety requirements, labor and environmental groups are urging officials not to focus their actions solely on personal protective equipment (PPE) and instead to use a “hierarchy of controls” (HOC) model that prioritizes safeguards like chemical substitutions and treats PPE as a last resort.

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Researchers warn funding limits leave PFAS knowledge gaps

The Delaware River Basin Commission has been able to test for per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fish tissue to guide health advisories, but funding limits have left environmental knowledge gaps.

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EPA Agrees To Mandate Asbestos Reporting In Tentative CDR Settlement

EPA, states and environmental groups have reached a tentative settlement to add asbestos to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program, teeing up a new mandate for facilities to report their imports and uses of the substance although an exact deadline for the rulemaking remains uncertain.

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Sierra Club Seeks Stricter EPA Air Toxics Rules For Cyanide, Polyurethane

Sierra Club is asking the Biden EPA to strengthen Trump-era proposed air toxics rules for the cyanide products and polyurethane foam production sectors, including tougher emissions limits, more air monitoring mandates and rejecting Clean Air Act violation waivers for pollution during “force majeure” events.

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Senators Ask Treasury To Back Using Stimulus Funds For PFAS Mitigation

A bipartisan group of eight senators is urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow states and localities to use funds designated broadly for water and sewer infrastructure under the massive COVID-19 stimulus package toward mitigating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, calling it a “critical need.”

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EPA sends advance notice of 1-BP HAP listing rule to OMB

The agency’s notice to list 1-bromopropane (1-BP) as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) under the Clean Air Act appears to be similar to an earlier version drafted by the Trump administration.

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EPA will leave acting water, chemicals posts vacant during confirmation

Radhika Fox and Michal Freedhoff will remain top political officials in EPA’s water and chemical offices respectively while their nominations are pending, but will exercise no formal legal authority.

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