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Toxics

Citizen Coalition Urges Biden To Tap PFAS ‘Czar’ To Oversee Federal Actions

A coalition of local citizen and environmental groups is urging the Biden administration to embrace aggressive measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), stressing the need for a White House PFAS “czar” to oversee policy and ensure accountability from the Defense Department (DOD) in addressing the chemicals.

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DuPont, Chemours Reach $4 Billion Settlement Over PFAS Liability

DuPont and its spinoff company The Chemours Company have reached a $4 billion settlement that will pay for potential legacy liabilities for the cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), resolving Chemours’ claim that DuPont fraudulently spun off the company and saddled it with excess liability for any contamination.

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GAO reiterates call for EPA to fix potential security gap at water facilities

EPA is rejecting calls to analyze security gaps at water and wastewater facilities exempt from chemical facility anti-terrorism standards and propose legislation to address them.

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Finishing First TSCA Batch, EPA Finalizes PV29 Evaluation Despite Concerns

EPA has finalized its evaluation of pigment violet 29 (PV29) just weeks after the close of public comments, sidestepping concerns raised by environmentalists and industry alike over the methods and findings, and instead touting the “milestone” of completing the first batch of 10 chemical reviews Congress mandated when it reformed TSCA.

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EPA inks MOU with OSHA on new chemical reviews

The agreement appears to exclude evaluations of existing chemicals even though EPA’s advisors have urged it to improve its work with OSHA on that program specifically.

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EPA analysis of 2019 TRI data touts 9 percent drop in releases

EPA’s annual analysis of Toxics Release Inventory data shows a 9 percent decline in air, water and land releases of toxic chemicals from 2018, and a 19 percent drop compared to 2007.

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Federal district court dismisses CWA suit over Louisiana plastics plant

A federal district court says there is no value in retaining jurisdiction over the permit after the Army Corps of Engineers opted to reconsider portions of a Clean Water Act permit.

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EPA Denies Environmentalists’ TSCA Toxicity Testing Petition For 54 PFAS

EPA has denied a widely supported TSCA petition from environmental and environmental justice groups urging the agency to require the Chemours Company to conduct toxicity testing on 54 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) detected near its North Carolina plant, arguing the petition was insufficiently supported and the testing too costly.

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New Jersey court rejects industry groups’ bid to stay state PFAS rules

A New Jersey state court has rejected businesses’ call to stay landmark New Jersey water rules for the two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pending resolution of litigation over the regulations.

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Florida agriculture official urges Biden EPA to reverse CWA 404 decision

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking President-elect Joe Biden’s designee for EPA administrator to reconsider allowing the state to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permitting.

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