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EPA Official Overseeing Cross-Agency PFAS Policy Announces Retirement

Peter Grevatt, EPA's top official overseeing cross-agency policy on high-profile perfluorinated chemicals, is retiring from the agency after 30 years, creating uncertainty about who will take over the major task of responding to calls from lawmakers, states and communities to develop a comprehensive plan to address the contaminants.

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EPA Advisers Seek Broad Plan To Help Local Governments Target PFAS

A local government advisory panel to EPA is urging the agency to provide leadership to communities on a “coordinated and comprehensive” approach of regulatory actions and other steps to address perfluorinated chemicals, as communities struggle with the emerging unregulated contaminants in drinking water.

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Senate EPW sets hearing on Dunn's nomination as EPA toxics chief

The hearing tees up a confirmation vote by the end of the current lame-duck session on EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn's nomination to head the agency's toxics office.

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NRDC Agrees To EPA Extension Of Perchlorate Water Standard Deadline

Environmentalists have grudgingly agreed to EPA's request to extend until April a court-ordered deadline for proposing a health-based drinking water goal for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate, acknowledging that EPA has yet to craft such a standard while expressing their frustration with the pace of the agency's efforts.

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EPA Pulls SNURs, Highlighting Controversy Over New Chemicals Program

EPA has withdrawn a direct final rule that included significant new use rules (SNURs) on 28 new chemicals, after receiving adverse comments from industry, environmental and animal welfare groups, forcing the agency to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking and underscoring broad disagreements over the agency's new chemicals program.

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EPA, OSHA Test Call To Enforce Existing Safety Rules Over New Standards

EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the lead agencies once charged with implementing an Obama-era Executive Order (EO) on improving facility safety after a 2013 disaster, are heeding long-standing industry calls to enforce existing rules while scaling back or shelving new protections advanced under the Obama administration.

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CSB Faces Continued Uncertainty Despite Democrats' House Control

Despite Democrats' control of the House next year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) faces continued uncertainty about its future as its supporters fear the Trump administration may deprive it of a quorum to operate by not nominating new board members to replace those whose terms expire starting at the end of 2019.

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EPA Floats New Risk Values For Two PFAS, Continuing Regulatory Patchwork

EPA has released new draft toxicology assessments for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known as GenX and PFBS, long-awaited by state agencies and other stakeholders, but the numbers -- a stricter level than North Carolina recently adopted for GenX and a weaker level than Minnesota adopted for PFBS -- continue the regulatory patchwork that EPA and states have created.

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EPA unveils first TSCA evaluation

An environmentalist attorney says one reason that PV29 is the first of the drafts released is that it “is probably the easiest of the 10 chemicals to evaluate and will raise fewer issues than others.”

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Despite Scientific Uncertainty, ATSDR Chief Backs Strict PFAS Risk Levels

The head of a federal health agency that earlier this year recommended stricter risk levels for perfluorinated chemicals than EPA's told a Senate hearing that regulators face significant scientific uncertainty assessing the substances' risks, and raised doubts about whether federal agencies will be able to reach agreement on the risks.

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