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EPA Adds Chemicals To SCIL, Bolstering Bid For TSCA Low-Priority List

EPA has approved a novel request from a cleaning products group to add eight chemicals to its voluntary safer chemicals program list, opening the door to the substances eventually being added to any new list of chemicals deemed low-priority for assessment and possible regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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IPI finds EPA COVID enforcement policy troubling but not sweeping

The Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s controversial enforcement “discretion” policy during the coronavirus is potentially troubling but also has important limits.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Wheeler Says EPA Will Miss TSCA Deadlines For First 10 Risk Reviews

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Senate environment committee the agency will miss its June statutory deadline for issuing all of the first 10 risk evaluations for high-priority chemicals under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying getting “them right” was more important.

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Court Backs Novel CERCLA Reporting Waiver Despite CAA Permit Violation

A federal court in Pennsylvania has backed a potentially precedent-setting industry defense in an environmental citizen suit, agreeing with the defendant steel mill that it is exempt from Superfund reporting requirements if it holds Clean Air Act (CAA) permits even if its emissions violate those permits.

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Citing Virus’ Economic Effects, Trump Launches New Deregulatory Push

President Donald Trump is ordering EPA and other agencies to launch a new deregulatory push to help drive an economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, issuing an executive order that urges agency heads to scale back existing rules, make permanent temporary waivers, and take other steps that may bolster employment and recovery.

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SAB Draft Report Says EPA COVID-19 Research Will ‘Help Reopen Society’

EPA science advisors are largely endorsing the agency’s coronavirus research plan, describing in a draft report the lengthy list as including studies that “will protect public health and help government with reopening society,” though the draft also urges EPA to add some new research questions that the advisors consider crucial for the agency to address.

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Environmentalists seek GOP opposition to Beck’s CPSC nomination

“We believe Nancy Beck’s record on toxic chemical[s] is even worse than” that of a Trump EPA nominee whose appointment North Carolina’s GOP senators helped defeat, environmentalists say.

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EPA codifies PFAS list for TRI reporting

“The inclusion of these 172 PFAS on the TRI list will provide EPA and the public with important information on these emerging chemicals of concern,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

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Texas Weakens EtO Risk Value, Bolstering EPA Bid To Curb Air Toxics Rules

Despite opposition from local officials, Texas has adopted a weaker risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO), a carcinogenic gas used to sterilize medical equipment, than the value EPA adopted in 2016, a move that could bolster imminent efforts by the federal agency to use the state’s weaker values when crafting two pending air toxics rules.

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