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Toxics

Court Seeks More Briefing On Groups' Challenge To TSCA Evaluation Rule

A federal appellate panel is asking EPA and environmentalists to provide additional briefing on the petitioners' standing to challenge the agency's framework rule governing how it will evaluate existing chemicals under the revised toxics law and the ripeness of their suit after recent arguments in what one of the judges called a “very difficult case.”

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Judges Hint At NGOs' Standing To Target Key TSCA Rule On Legacy Issues

Appellate judges appear to agree with EPA lawyers that environmentalists generally lack standing to challenge the agency's framework rule for evaluating risks of existing chemicals under the revised toxics law, but they left the door open to sue over officials' decision to preclude legacy uses from the scope of any evaluation.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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Republicans Detail Concerns Over Bipartisan PFAS Bills, Seek EPA Input

House Republicans are raising concerns that a suite of pending bills, many bipartisan, that seek to address contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could limit EPA's ability to prioritize risks and short-circuit existing review processes and are calling on Democrats to allow the agency to provide further input.

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On Eve Of Hearing, EPA, NGOs Spar Over Standing To Challenge TSCA Rule

On the eve of a key appellate hearing, EPA and environmentalists are sparring over the groups' standing to challenge one of EPA's framework rules for implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), responding to a court order that asks the parties to address the issue in the upcoming oral arguments.

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Quote-Unquote: House testimony on PFAS legislation

The testimony is aimed at helping lawmakers make the case for a series of bills addressing PFAS.

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Rep. Kildee, Key Task Force Leader, Details Path For Advancing PFAS Bills

On the eve of a key legislative hearing, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), the Democratic co-chair of a bipartisan task force aimed at addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is detailing the path he and other lawmakers plan to take to advance PFAS legislation in the House though their effort still likely faces a rocky path.

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Carper seeks five GAO studies on climate impacts

 The Democratic senator is urging the Government Accountability Office to prepare five studies examining how climate change threatens waste storage, energy infrastructure, chemical facilities and flood-related infrastructure.

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NEJAC warns of equity harms from EPA chemical safety, EtO rollbacks

EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee is warning that two agency deregulatory actions could pose increased health risks to equity communities.

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EPA Could Address Blood-Lead Level Rise In Next Update To Action Plan

EPA's toxics chief Alexandra Dunn says the agency's next update to the Trump administration's action plan on reducing lead exposures could address data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows children most exposed to lead have recently seen increases in their blood lead levels (BLLs).

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