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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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EPA sends updated dust-lead clearance levels to OMB for review

The move comes as environmentalists in pending litigation have accused the agency with failing to comply with federal law and a court order to update the clearance levels.

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Advisors Find EPA Offered ‘Incomplete Picture’ Of Methylene Chloride Risks

EPA science advisors say the agency’s draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) assessment of methylene chloride (MC), the ubiquitous solvent, provides an “incomplete picture of risks,” warning that without a broader review that considers risks from uses the agency declined to evaluate, the assessment could lead to harmful releases.

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Former White House Counsel McGahn joins PFAS debate

After dealing with a series of controversies during the first part of Trump’s term, McGahn now appears to be entering the PFAS debate.

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Defendants Fear ‘Over-Naming’ In Burgeoning Asbestos Exposure Suits

As EPA and Congress weigh efforts to ban asbestos, plaintiffs in asbestos tort suits are casting a wide net to capture companies not directly involved in making the substance, but a product liability defense attorney says states are seeking to limit those efforts including Iowa’s bid to prevent “an epidemic” of “over-naming” defendants.

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AGs, Environmentalists Press Democrats For Floor Vote On Asbestos Ban

Democratic attorneys general (AG), scientists, environmental, labor and public health groups are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democratic leaders to schedule a floor vote on a bill that would direct EPA to ban asbestos within a year.

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Top Democrat Queries EPA Over Effect Of Dropping TCE Cardiac Risk Study

A key House Democrat is questioning EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler over the regulatory impact of the administration’s decision to drop as the basis for its evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) studies showing in utero exposure can cause cardiac birth defects, asking whether this may allow the agency to avoid banning the chemical.

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New York PFAS Sampling Protocols Prompt Industry Fears Over Cleanups

A New York state guidance setting protocols and screening limits to sample per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at cleanup sites includes a novel mandate to test imported soil used in caps or covers, prompting fears from industry about reopening cleanups while hiking the cost of site investigation and remediation in the state.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Re-Do TSCA Evaluations After Court Ruling

Environmentalists are urging EPA to re-do “at least three” previously released draft chemical evaluations under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), arguing that an appellate court backed their arguments that the agency is required under its regulations to consider all of the chemicals’ uses, not just those that the agency chooses to consider.

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Judge Tosses Chamber’s Suit To End California’s Acrylamide Warnings

A federal judge has dismissed the California Chamber of Commerce’s suit seeking to block the state’s mandate for businesses to provide Proposition 65 cancer warnings for foods and drinks containing the ubiquitous chemical acrylamide, a loss for many companies seeking to avoid compliance with the state’s chemical warning law.

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