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EPA Touts Final Dust-Lead Rule’s ‘Overdue’ Tightening Of Clearance Levels

EPA has finalized a rule tightening dust-lead clearance levels, a move that Administrator Andrew Wheeler says is “overdue” but that environmentalists and public interest groups are likely to challenge because the limits are the same as the earlier proposed levels that critics said were too weak and did not apply to enough types of surfaces.

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Environmentalists Detail Tough Principles For Upcoming TSCA Regulations

Environmentalists are floating a set of tough principles they hope will guide EPA as it begins writing its first risk management rules under the revised TSCA, a move seen as pushing back on industry efforts to tailor such rules just as the Biden administration, which is expected to be more sympathetic to environmentalists’ views, takes office.

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EPA Releases Guidance For PFAS Destruction, Citing Uncertainties, Gaps

EPA has issued for public comment a long-awaited interim guidance on disposal and destruction methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that outlines currently available technologies but declines to endorse or dismiss any, including incineration, while noting uncertainties and knowledge gaps that still need to be addressed.

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Delaware high court upholds ruling requiring arbitration in PFAS case

The Delaware high court is rejecting an attempt by Chemours to reverse a lower court ruling that forces it to argue before an arbitrator, rather than federal court, in a suit over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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OMB approves EPA PFAS waste disposal guidance

The White House Office of Management & Budget has cleared EPA’s interim guidance for disposal and destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for release ahead of a Dec. 20 statutory deadline.

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NRDC files FOIA suit against EPA over perchlorate communications

Environmentalists are suing EPA under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking documents linked to the agency’s decision to forgo regulating perchlorate in drinking water.

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EPA Expands Risk Findings That Must Be Regulated In Final Perc Evaluation

EPA’s just-released final evaluation of the common solvent perchloroethylene (perc or PCE) expands the number of evaluated uses the agency had initially proposed as posing unreasonable risks that must be regulated despite declining calls from advisors and environmentalists to consider risks to the general population and those from legacy uses.

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EPA Draft Guide Finds Scores Of Articles Subject To PFAS SNUR

EPA is seeking comment on a long-awaited draft guide that finds a range of articles, including apparel, vehicle parts, carpets, solar panels and others, are subject to its July 2020 significant new use rule (SNUR) on certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) because they include regulated chemicals in their “surface coatings."

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House members press for funding to bolster EPA PFAS work

A bipartisan group of 58 House members is urging appropriations committee leaders in both chambers to back various funding measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Delaware Supreme Court Queries Scope Of Chemours’ PFAS Fraud Claims

A Delaware Supreme Court justice is questioning the broad repercussions that could impact corporate spinoff transactions if it supports The Chemours Company’s arguments that it never contractually consented to an arbitrator deciding disputes with its parent company, DuPont, including its claims of fraud against DuPont over cleanup liabilities.

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