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New Jersey DEP Chief McCabe Faults EPA For Lack Of PFAS Class Policy

Retiring New Jersey environment chief Catherine McCabe is faulting what she calls a lack of EPA leadership as one of two major obstacles that explain why the state cannot yet regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class, adding that the other hurdle is differences among the chemicals that make a single rule difficult.

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EPA poised to propose new PFAS drinking water monitoring

The final rule requiring drinking water utilities to monitor for currently unregulated contaminants is expected to require sampling for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Rejecting Concerns Of Many, EPA Quickly Finalizes 1,4-Dioxane Evaluation

Three weeks after receiving public comments, the Trump EPA has quickly finalized its controversial TSCA evaluation of 1,4-dioxane, rejecting concerns from chemical producers, states and environmentalists over its 11th-hour supplemental that exposure to the substance when used as a byproduct in consumer products does not pose unreasonable risks.

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EPA Finalizes Criticized Asbestos Evaluation But Agrees To Narrow Focus

EPA has finalized without significant change its long-awaited TSCA evaluation of asbestos, reaching the same unreasonable risk conclusions as its widely criticized draft version, with the most obvious change being the agency’s agreement with its advisors to narrow the name so it focuses on only the chrysotile fiber type officials assessed.

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Omnibus Law Phasing Down HFCs Expected To Drive Safer Alternatives

The omnibus spending law President Donald Trump enacted Dec. 27 includes language directing EPA to sharply curtail the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), the class of chemicals used for refrigeration and other purposes, a policy that backers believe will drive safer alternatives that have a lower global warming potential (GWP).

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EPA Nears Final Decision On Whether To Issue PFAS Drinking Water Limit

EPA is nearing a final decision on whether to pursue a first-time drinking water standard for two of the most well studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sending its regulatory determination for White House interagency review less than three weeks before a Jan. 4 statutory deadline for finalizing the action.

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OMB Weighs EPA Notice On Adding PFAS To Manufacturing Effluent Limits

EPA has sent for White House review an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise effluent limits for certain manufacturing sectors to include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), seeking data on the presence and treatment of PFAS in discharges regulated under the organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibers category.

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EPA Expands TSCA Waivers In Final PBT Rules, Opening Door To Suits

EPA has issued precedent-setting rules governing five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals that generally follow its 2019 proposal, though the final measures regulate hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), which the agency had initially sought to exempt, while also granting new or expanded use waivers for several other chemicals.

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Judge Orders ‘Unwilling’ EPA To Mandate Asbestos Reporting Under TSCA

A federal judge has ordered EPA to amend its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to require companies importing or using asbestos to report information about those uses to the TSCA program, after finding the agency acted unlawfully in denying Democratic states’ and public health advocates’ petitions asking officials to do so.

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EPA Seeks To Ease TSCA Fees But Environmentalist Fears Risk Effects

EPA’s plan for overhauling its TSCA fees program seeks to codify a set of short-term categorical waivers it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for current fee payments, as well as other regulatory relief and payment flexibilities sought by competing industry groups while also increasing the fees charged to industry.

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