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EPA sends PFAS groundwater cleanup guide for OMB review

Any final guidance will test concerns that the Pentagon may have sought to pre-empt the screening levels EPA had floated in a draft version of the document.

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Wheeler Plans To Scale Back SAB’s Process For Reviewing EPA Rules

EPA appears poised to overhaul the process the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has used for reviewing the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler floating a new, “immediately effective” process that gives no role for SAB’s existing work group and instead places all decisions with SAB’s chair.

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CSB Proposes Rule For Facilities To Report Accidental Chemical Releases

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is proposing a rule that would require industrial facilities to quickly report to the CSB certain accidental chemical releases, a measure that when finalized could fill in gaps left by the Trump EPA’s rule rolling back the agency’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) program.

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EPA Says Little On TSCA New Chemicals Approach But Draws Criticisms

Top EPA officials Dec. 10 sought to detail a long-awaited, updated approach to reviewing new chemicals under the agency’s revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorities but officials offered few, if any, new details and drew renewed criticisms from industry, environmentalists and other stakeholders.

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California Prop. 65 panel delays vote on acetaminophen amid push-back

“OEHHA is postponing the meeting to provide the public additional time to submit relevant scientific information concerning the potential listing,” the agency says.

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EPA seeks comments on EtO sterilizer emissions controls

EPA is also creating a small business review panel and issuing a Clean Air Act section 114 request to gather information on facility characteristics, control devices, work practices and costs for emission reductions.

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After NDAA Failure, House Democrats Vow 2020 Floor Vote On PFAS Bill

After failing to secure significant regulatory provisions addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), top House Democrats are pledging to bring to the floor early next year a comprehensive, stand-alone measure addressing the chemicals.

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9th Circuit Bolsters CSB’s Power To Investigate ‘Potential’ Releases

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that blocked the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) from enforcing subpoenas related to “potential” releases, with the three-judge panel finding the board’s reach includes the power to subpoena documents to examine the “potential harm” stemming from an industrial accident.

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Groups Urge Lawmakers To Reconsider Defense Bill’s PFAS Provisions

Two environmental groups are urging lawmakers to revisit a decision to significantly scale back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense bill, pointing to bipartisan support for the water and waste measures when some of them passed as part of either the House or Senate bills.

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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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