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After PFAS Delay, House Panel Eyes Broader SDWA Reform In 2020

House environment subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) is telegraphing plans to pursue in 2020 broad “reform” of the Safe Drinking Water (SDWA), citing EPA’s failure to set standards under the law for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and other contaminants since the law was last reformed in 1996.

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As RMP Rule Promulgated, Groups Sue Over EPA’s Facility Safety Rollback

A coalition of environmentalists has filed suit against EPA’s rollback of an Obama-era regulation tightening facility safety mandates on the same day the measure was promulgated, arguing the Trump administration has removed nearly all disaster-prevention measures and weakened many of the other protections that were in the 2017 rule.

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OIG to review EPA's rulemaking process

The audit could assess the Trump administration’s unusual process when it first crafted its controversial science transparency rule.

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Facing Doubts, EPA Eyes Budget To Boost Alternative Testing ‘Moonshot’

EPA’s research chief is looking to the agency’s pending appropriations for fiscal year 2020 to bolster Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s “moonshot” directive to eliminate EPA’s use of animal testing by 2035 and develop a host of new alternate chemical test methods (NAM) in the face of doubts that the agency is providing sufficient funds to the effort.

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EPA’s RMP Rollback Rule Faces Likely Court Test Over Legal Justifications

EPA is facing likely challenges over its rule rolling back Obama-era chemical facility safety requirements, with early signs pointing to the parties battling over the adequacy of the agency’s legal justifications, including its claim that the original rule failed to sufficiently weigh an arson finding at a key industrial incident and its cost-benefit analysis.

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EPA Wins $200 Million Boost In Lawmakers’ FY20 Spending ‘Minibus’

House and Senate lawmakers have released consensus spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 that would raise EPA’s annual budget to $9 billion, an increase of $207 million over FY19 levels, according to a summary released by Senate Democrats.

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EPA Rejects OIG Call To Craft Guidance For Air Monitoring In Emergencies

EPA is pushing back against recommendations from the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) calling for better guidance on how federal and state authorities should monitor air quality during natural disasters, saying the suggestions are inappropriate to deal with the “myriad” situations that can arise.

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EPA Advisors Criticize Narrow Scope Of TSCA 1-BP Draft Evaluation

EPA science advisors are raising concerns that the agency’s draft evaluation of the risks of exposure to 1-bromopropane (1-BP), a widely used chemical solvent, underestimates risks to workers, the general population and the environment, with the document describing the narrow scope of the human health evaluation as “troubling.”

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EPA floats CDR rule for White House review

With the next reporting cycle looming in 2020, any changes to the previous rule must be finalized soon so that industry is able to collect the data and submit it to EPA.

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NAS Plans Speedy Review Of EPA’s TSCA Systematic Review Approach

EPA and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have agreed on a long-awaited contract for NAS to quickly review the controversial data quality assessment approach the agency is using in its ongoing risk evaluations of the first 10 chemicals under its nascent Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program, with a final report slated in June 2020.

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