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Toxics

Water Utility Group Objects To ‘De Minimis’ Waiver For PFAS TRI Reporting

A national water utility organization is calling on EPA’s toxics office to eliminate a “de minimis” exemption the agency created for releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a rule listing 172 PFAS that must now be reported to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), arguing the exemption could result in polluted drinking water sources.

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EPA sets July 31 deadline to cease dicamba use after court ruling

The agency’s “cancellation order” bars new sales of the weed killer after a federal appeals court vacated a 2018 rule approving its use but stops short of an immediate ban on application.

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SACC Deepens Concern Over Narrow Scope Of Draft EPA Asbestos Analysis

EPA’s science advisors are deepening their concerns over the narrow scope of the agency’s draft evaluation of asbestos raising questions during a June 8 meeting on why EPA excluded consumer uses and all but chrysotile fiber types from its evaluation, as well as over EPA’s decision to evaluate legacy uses separately.

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EPA pledges to ‘mitigate’ 9th Circuit’s vacatur of dicamba approval

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency is “assessing all avenues” for ways to blunt impacts from the decision, including potential disruption to the country’s food supply.

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2nd Circuit Vacates EPA’s TSCA Reporting Waiver For Mercury Importers

A federal appellate court has vacated EPA’s reporting waiver for importers of products that include components that contain mercury, saying the agency failed to adequately justify it under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but the court upheld a waiver for manufacturers of such products as well as a partial waiver for large-volume manufacturers.

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Judge handles final motions before TSCA fluoride trial

“I’m sitting there as if I were doing the task the [EPA] administrator would normally do,” said Judge Edward Chen, who will be overseeing the landmark TSCA trial slated to begin June 8.

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EPA Draws Competing Criticisms Over Draft TSCA Asbestos Analysis

As EPA’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) prepares to meet June 8 -- 11 to review the agency’s draft risk evaluation on asbestos, state officials, environmentalists and others are criticizing the agency for the narrow scope of the review even as they urge the agency -- and Congress -- to ban the substance.

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CEI defends CPSC nominee from environmentalists’ claims

“The reasons environmental activists are so up in arms is because [Nancy] Beck is willing to take courageous positions by applying science,” a senior fellow at the free-market groups says.

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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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Industry Braces For Stricter EPA Enforcement Against Anti-Viral Devices

Industry lawyers are bracing for stepped up EPA enforcement actions against producers, importers and others who make claims about the efficacy of pesticidal devices against the coronavirus following agency warnings to consumers and the regulated community about devices that make false or unapproved claims.

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