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EPA to release draft plan for methylmercury IRIS assessment

Once completed, the assessment will update a 2001 analysis that was at the center of a lengthy struggle between EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over advice to pregnant women on eating fish.

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House Democrats Press Wheeler For Answers On EPA's Declining Staffing

Democratic appropriators in the House are pressing EPA chief Andrew Wheeler on what he is doing to shore up the agency's workforce, expressing concerns that agency leadership is not maintaining staff at levels allowed by prior funding laws and that staff departures are jeopardizing environmental protection.

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Democrats Charge EPA Shift Of IRIS Staff To TSCA Violates Spending Law

Democratic appropriators are urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to restore the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program's scaled-back agenda and return staff that had been shifted to the toxics office, charging their redirection amounts to a cut to the IRIS budget in violation of congressional appropriations.

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New Jersey PFAS Directive Sets State Precedent But Risks Industry Fight

New Jersey's issuance of a first-time, wide-ranging directive requiring five major chemical companies to fund past and future cleanup costs and provide large amounts of data related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination likely sets a precedent for other states but will almost certainly draw industry challenges, sources say.

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EPA proposing to revise RCRA definition of 'ignitable' waste

“I think that the new procedures for determining if multi-phase wastes are ignitable may be problematic and capture wastes that have not been managed as ignitable,” an industry source says.

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Roberts' 'Swing' Vote Could Determine Future Of Agency Deference Doctrine

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' currently unknown position on when courts should defer to EPA and other federal agencies' interpretations of their regulations will largely determine whether and to what degree the current standard remains, according to legal experts.

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Wheeler Promises Summer LCR Proposal Targeting ‘Most Corrosive’ Pipes

DENVER -- EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency will propose its long-awaited update to the lead and copper rule (LCR) this summer with a three-step structure that aims to map the country’s remaining lead drinking water pipes and model their levels of corrosion before prioritizing the “most corrosive” lines for replacement.

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Senate Democrats re-introduce chlorpyrifos ban

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has re-introduced legislation seeking to ban chlorpyrifos just days after appellate judges grappled with whether they can continue to review environmentalists' suit challenging EPA's inaction.

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Bipartisan Senate Group Readies New Bill To Address PFAS Concerns

A bipartisan group of senators will soon unveil legislation to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) suggesting support for both technical assistance and an enforceable drinking water standard that takes into account the costs and challenges of sampling and mitigating the chemicals.

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States begin to adopt enforceable PFAS standards

Michigan is the latest state to announce plans to develop enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS in the absence of action by EPA.

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