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Despite Lawmakers’ Demands, PFAS Bill Leaves Many TSCA Limits To EPA

The bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking strict limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is backing legislation that would require EPA to take only some of the steps they have previously sought to regulate the chemicals under TSCA, leaving their push for a “phase-out” of their existing uses up to the agency’s discretion.

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ACC opposes bipartisan House bill to force EPA PFAS rules

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is opposing the bipartisan House bill, introduced April 13, that would set requirements for EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Biden’s Nominations For EPA Water, Toxics Chiefs Tee Up Legal Test

President Joe Biden will nominate EPA acting water chief Radhika Fox and chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff to lead their offices permanently, but his plan to keep them in their acting roles pending Senate confirmation might pose a test of the strict legal standard for when officials can be nominated to fill posts they hold in acting capacities.

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Biden Nominations Of EPA Water, Toxics Chiefs Leave Top Slots Open

Updated on 04/14/21 @ 6:41 pm EST - President Joe Biden will nominate EPA acting water chief Radhika Fox and chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff to lead their offices permanently but they will step down from their current positions and become principal deputies in their respective offices pending Senate confirmation, leaving the top water and toxics division slots open.

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EPA Nears Settlement In Litigation Over CDR Asbestos Reporting Mandate

States, environmental groups and EPA will use an April 15 court date to ask a federal district judge for “guidance” on a potential settlement in the suit over the agency’s Trump-era refusal to add asbestos to the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program, in the latest signal that a deal could be imminent.

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Bipartisan House PFAS Bill Adds To Pressure On EPA For Regulations

A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers has reintroduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would mandate EPA to develop waste and water regulations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), eyeing potentially improved prospects for the bill under the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled Congress.

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Florida wastewater leak spurs call for House probe into fertilizer byproduct

Environmentalists are pressing the House energy and oversight committees to investigate what they say are failures in regulating the phosphate industry, particularly the product phosphogypsum (PG).

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Environmentalists Press EPA For More Reforms To New Chemical Reviews

Environmentalists are pressing EPA to expand on its recent moves to tighten TSCA controls on new chemicals, such as through broader analysis of “plausible” future uses, additional toxicity testing and more aggressive enforcement, while also defending the agency’s early reforms against attacks from industry groups.

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EPA Reworks PFBS Assessment It Scrapped Over ‘Political Interference’

EPA has issued a revised version of a Trump-era toxicity assessment for a closely watched perfluorinated chemical, taking a first step to rework an analysis that officials had scrapped after finding that it violated the agency’s science integrity policy because of “political interference” in the scientific process.

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Timeline For EPA Wastewater PFAS Testing Method Remains Uncertain

EPA’s timeline for finalizing a validated test method for measuring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater remains vague, casting doubt on how quickly the Biden administration can advance plans to develop technology-based effluent limits or water quality-based permit limits for one or more industrial sectors.

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