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Senate EPW backs CSB nominee but vacancies raise concerns

The Senate environment panel has approved President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), though a key GOP senator wants Trump to fill other current and pending CSB vacancies.

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House Energy Panel PFAS Bills May Boost Defense Legislation Provisions

A House Energy and Commerce panel is scheduled to mark up a package of 13 bills dealing with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that includes provisions contained in House and Senate defense bills, asserting the committee’s jurisdiction over the subject and potentially boosting support for the measures in the final defense bill.

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House Democrats poised to advance asbestos bill

While Republican had signaled a willingness to reach a deal, the bill currently lacks GOP support, raising doubts about how or whether a Senate companion will advance.

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EPA, plaintiffs battle over landmark TSCA fluoridation trial schedule

Environmentalists are opposing EPA’s request to delay the first-time TSCA trial by 65 days, arguing in part the agency had agreed to the trial schedule one week before making its request.

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‘Worried’ House Democrats Step Up Push For Superfund PFAS Measure

“Worried” House Democrats are stepping up their push for defense bill conferees to preserve their amendment requiring EPA to list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law in the face of opposition from Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

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Environmentalists, law firm spar over threatened TSCA suit

Environmental Defense Fund and the Bergeson Campbell law firm are battling over environmentalists’ threats to sue EPA over the agency’s new chemicals program.

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IG launches review of 2009 GenX order

“Our objective is to determine what actions the EPA took to verify compliance with requirements of the 2009 TSCA Premanufacture Notice Consent Order with DuPont to prevent release of the chemical GenX,”

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ATSDR awards $7 million for multi-site PFAS study

“The goal of the multi-site study is to understand the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in differing populations,” ATSDR says.

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Science Rule Schedule Slips As EPA Readies Supplemental, Wheeler Says

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the House science committee Sept. 19 that the agency’s schedule for issuing its controversial rule barring regulators from relying on scientific research that is not published has slipped as the agency is preparing to issue a supplemental proposal in early 2020.

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OMB completes review of proposed DOE mercury storage fees rule

The Energy Department’s proposed elemental mercury storage fees rule is part of a program to designate a facility for long-term storage of the substance under a 2008 law banning the export of mercury.

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