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Toxics

Court sets oral argument for suit over EPA mercury inventory

Environmentalists and the state of Vermont say EPA’s rule creating the inventory of mercury uses violates requirements in the revised TSCA.

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Judge Appears Skeptical Of Environmentalists’ APA Claim In TSCA Suit

A federal judge appeared skeptical of environmentalists’ landmark efforts to pursue claims against EPA under both the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) when the agency denied their TSCA section 21 petition seeking rules requiring additional asbestos reporting.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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Wheeler Seeks To Phase Out Non-Animal Chemical Testing By 2035

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is seeking to phase out the agency’s use of non-animal chemical testing by 2035, a move that is winning praise from animal rights groups but criticism from environmentalists who say it will “gut” the agency’s ability to gather adequate information about substances’ toxicity and may lead to inadequate regulation.

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Wheeler Seeks To Phase Out Animal Chemical Testing By 2035

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is seeking to phase out the agency’s use of animal chemical testing by 2035, a move that is winning praise from animal rights groups but criticism from environmentalists who say it will “gut” the agency’s ability to gather adequate information about substances’ toxicity and may lead to inadequate regulation.

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EPA Draws Wide Ranging Criticisms Over Lead-Paint Dust Cleanup Efforts

EPA’s efforts to address lead-paint dust in residential settings are facing wide-ranging criticisms, with its Inspector General (IG) charging the program lacks goals or ways to track progress and its children’s health advisors and environmentalists questioning why the agency has yet to update its lead dust clearance standards for contractors.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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Absent EPA, Manufacturers Target California’s Draft 1,4-Dioxane Threshold

Manufacturers of cleaning and cosmetic products are challenging California’s draft proposal to set a health risk threshold of 1 part per million (ppm) for when they may have to remove 1,4-dioxane from their products, a challenge that is being intensified as the Trump EPA’s review of the chemical is unlikely to preempt the state’s effort.

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New studies raise concerns about short-chain PFAS

The studies by a team of researchers at Auburn University and from the National Toxicology Program call into question industry claims about the risks of some short-chain perfluorinated chemicals.

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Medical device makers press lawmakers to drop PFAS measures

The group says House amendments designating PFAS as “hazardous” would undermine development of life-saving medical devices which have been approved by the FDA.

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