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EPA Faces New Backlog Of Chemical Applications After Shutdown Ends

EPA's chemical office staff are returning to work following the weeks-long government shutdown facing a new backlog of applications for new chemical approvals and limited time to meet statutory deadlines for assessing risks of existing chemicals, sources say.

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EPA's Draft PV29 Analysis Raises Legal Test Over TSCA Data Standards

Environmentalists and former EPA staff are raising multiple concerns that the agency's recently released draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), the first such assessment released since Congress reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), violates that statute, signaling they plan to sue if the agency does not change it.

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New Hampshire Declines Call To Set SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New Hampshire's top environment official is rejecting a request by environmentalists to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address the thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, claiming it would contradict the state's statutory authority.

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EPA's Stalled PFAS Groundwater Levels Stymie State Efforts At DOD Sites

The Trump administration's delay in issuing recommended groundwater cleanup levels for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hampering state and local efforts to address contamination stemming from military bases as the Defense Department (DOD) resists compliance with state standards.

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California Lawmakers Probe Claims Of Slow Green Chemistry Evaluation

Lawmakers are probing the toxics department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) green chemistry program over concerns it takes too long to evaluate chemicals for potential bans or phaseouts, and they could introduce legislation to accelerate the program's review of certain compounds deemed as high priorities, sources say.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks To Address PFAS But Faces Industry, GOP Hurdles

A group of House lawmakers Jan. 23 announced the formation of a bipartisan task force to push legislative, funding and other measures to pressure EPA and other agencies to clean up growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though the group is likely to face pushback from industry and some Republicans.

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Doubting RCRA Waiver, Navy Eyes Court's PFAS Medical Monitoring Order

The Navy is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its precedential ruling allowing residents near two military facilities to pursue medical monitoring claims after they were exposed to pefluorinated compounds, arguing the court erred when it found that federal waste law unequivocally waived sovereign immunity to allow such a remedy.

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Court Backs Environmentalists' Call To Continue Lead Paint Rule Suit

A federal appellate court has agreed to environmentalists' request to continue monitoring their suit over EPA's failure to propose a rule to protect occupants of public and commercial buildings from lead exposure possible during renovation and repair activities, after suggesting late last year that it terminate the decade-old case.

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Democrats seek IG investigation of EPA's response to EtO

A review of EPA's enforcement database “appears to confirm EPA has failed to conduct inspections of EtO emitting facilities over the past six months across Region 5 and the Country,” the senators say.

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EPA Shutdown Stymies Looming TSCA Assessment, Rule Deadlines

The nearly month-long shutdown of EPA and other agencies is hampering the agency's ability to comply with a host of looming statutory deadlines that Congress set in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), raising the stakes that officials will miss targets to assess chemicals, complete rulemakings or approve new chemical uses.

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