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Democrats Attack EPA's New CBI Claim To Force Release Of TSCA Studies

House Democrats are renewing their push to force EPA to release studies that form the basis of its draft assessment of a pigment chemical, its first such assessment of an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying new agency claims that the studies are confidential business information (CBI) are wrong.

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Top Senate Democrats press EPA, DOD on PFAS groundwater guidelines

Many of the 16 senators who signed the letter are ranking Democrats on key committees.

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Setting States' Path, New York Eyes First Dioxane Drinking Water Standard

New York's health department is preparing to propose the nation's first enforceable drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane, a ubiquitous contaminant at waste sites and in drinking water systems, likely setting a path for other states to follow as one industry attorney says it may be the next “headline chemical.”

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Industry Faults California’s Potential Carcinogen Listing Of Acetaminophen

California’s health hazard office is proposing that acetaminophen, which has the brand name Tylenol, be considered for potential listing under the state’s Proposition 65 toxic warning law as a carcinogen, drawing immediate attack from the chemical industry,

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California Bill Would Ban Multiple Chemicals, Substances In Cosmetics

California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban 20 toxic substances and chemicals from being blended into cosmetics products sold in the state, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), two types of phthalates and triclosan.

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EPA Touts Prospect Of Rules As It Shifts Formaldehyde From IRIS To TSCA

EPA is defending its decision to shift its long-running Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of formaldehyde to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program's list of existing chemicals slated for high-priority evaluation, just weeks after telling lawmakers it was dropping the IRIS assessment because it was not a priority.

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Trump has 'unprecedented' failure rate in APA cases

While the federal government often wins about 70 percent of Administrative Procedure Act cases, the Washington Post cites analysis showing that the Trump administration has a 6 percent “win rate.”

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Fearing Litigation Delays, Industry Urges EPA To Finalize RMP Revisions

Groups representing major industries are urging EPA to quickly finalize its rollback of an Obama administration rule that strengthened the Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program, fearing expected litigation over the rollback could extend beyond some of the existing RMP rule’s compliance deadlines.

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Fearing Risks Overstated, Consultants Eye Landmark Low-Dose Lead Study

Scientists with the consulting firm Ramboll are preparing to re-analyze a landmark 2005 study that led EPA and other agencies to strengthen rules and policies to protect children from even low doses of the potent neurotoxin, saying the study could have overestimated the adverse effects of such exposures due to confounding factors.

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EPA moves to roll back Obama-era pesticide provision

The changes, which Congress is allowing, will likely address industry concerns that provisions in the Obama-era worker protection standard to protect bystanders unduly limited farmers' pesticide applications.

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