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Staff Urge Changes To Risk Assessment Division In OPPT Reorganization

Staff in EPA's toxics office, which senior officials are reorganizing to better implement the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), are urging managers to also reorganize the Risk Assessment Division (RAD) as part of the effort, saying any failure to tap the RAD for overhaul would hobble TSCA implementation.

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EPA launches new PFAS initiative

EPA is launching a new, cross-agency workgroup to help a growing number of states, localities and tribes that are struggling to deal with the chemicals in their jurisdictions.

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EPA Allies Warn Of Toxics, Enforcement Cuts To Fight FY18 Spending Plan

Environmentalists and other EPA allies are trying to fight major proposed fiscal year 2018 funding cuts for the agency by warning of the adverse health and environmental impacts that the cuts would have in scrapping a key toxic risk assessment program and significantly cutting enforcement, among other scaled-back programs.

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EPA plans to revise TSCA 'small manufacturers' definition

After reviewing public comments on an Obama-era proposal, the Trump EPA is now planning to revise the definition of “small businesses” under the federal toxics law.

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EPA Renews Pledge To Issue Perchlorate Rule After Official Raised Doubts

A lead member of EPA's water office staff reassured members of the agency's children's health advisory panel that officials will continue on their path toward regulating the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate in drinking water, despite a suggestion from a top agency office last month that raised questions in some stakeholders' minds.

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Industry, Environmentalists Spar Over Perchlorate Peer Review Documents

Environmentalists and industry stakeholders are sparring over documents that EPA prepared for a second round of peer review of the model intended to assist the agency in setting a drinking water goal for the rocket fuel perchlorate -- even as the agency has failed to meet its first court ordered deadline for doing so.

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Research ties PFOA phase-out with drop in low birth weights

The study's authors are praising EPA for its voluntary phase out agreement it struck with the chemical's manufacturers in 2006.

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NACEPT plans second 'citizen science' report for EPA

A second report due in April from an EPA advisory committee will recommend ways the agency can strengthen its use of non-governmental “citizen science.”

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9th Circuit rejects request to transfer TSCA rule challenges

The decision is a win for environmentalists who want to keep the litigation over EPA's chemicals evaluation rule in the circuit.

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States push efforts to address PFAS

Three states are stepping up efforts to address the contamination in the absence of formal EPA standards.

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