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Toxics

California battery review may drive less toxic model

The Golden State may require manufacturers to consider less-toxic alternatives to lead acid batteries after the state was forced to spend $176 million cleaning up a recycling facility.

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EPA schedules meeting on alternative chemical test methods

EPA will discuss its progress so far in drafting the strategic plan, which is required by the new TSCA law.

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Environmentalists Cite TSCA Rule Changes In Bid To Maintain Fluoride Suit

Environmentalists are urging a federal court to allow their suit against EPA over its denial of their petition to ban drinking water fluoridation to continue, arguing among other things that the agency's changes to the final framework rules implementing the 2016 statutory reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) bolster their case.

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Internal Memos Show EPA Offices' Fears Over Narrowed Trump TSCA Rule

A series of recently released internal EPA memos underscore significant environmental and legal concerns officials in the agency's water and enforcement offices have with the toxics office's controversial changes to narrow the range of chemical uses the agency will consider when assessing and regulating substances under the new toxics law.

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States cite Hurricane Harvey in opposing RMP delay

Democratic attorneys general say injuries to first responders after a chemical facility fire sparked by hurricane flood waters undercuts the Trump administration's delay of the Obama EPA's RMP rule.

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EPA releases draft mercury reporting rule for comment

EPA is seeking comment on a proposed rule requiring people working with mercury to report those uses to the agency, as required by the revised Toxic Substances Control Act.

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EPA Radiation Guide Unlikely To Change Cleanup Policy Though Concerns Remain

Language in recently released EPA guidance that endorses higher levels of radiation exposure far beyond what the agency has typically held as acceptable is unlikely to prompt changes to cleanup levels at nuclear waste sites due to the costly, in-depth and controversial rulemakings that would be required, although one observer says it could prompt responsible parties to push for a change in cleanup decisions at specific sites.

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Democrats query EPA toxics nominee over advisory role

Democrats are seeking answers to questions that Michael Dourson declined to answer before he was appointed as a special advisor to Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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Menendez seeks IG inquiry into EPA's toxics office

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is seeking an inquiryt into agency practices that were highlighted in a recent report that detailed the prominent role a former chemical industry lobbyist played in writing recent TSCA rules.

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Study finds decrease in arsenic levels following EPA rule

The study results are likely to feature in the ongoing debate over the Trump administration's efforts to roll back rules and measures of their potential health benefits.

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