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EPA FY20 Budget Increases States’ Duties While Cutting Assistance Funds

EPA’s just-released justification to Congress for its fiscal year 2020 budget details an aggressive plan for shifting significant environmental oversight to states either through delegated authority or slashing programs that complement states’ work, but it also seeks deep cuts to funds that could help states pay for the increased workload.

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Democrats Eye New Scrutiny Of EPA’s TSCA Adoption To Protect Workers

House Democrats appear likely to step up their oversight of EPA’s implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) after the agency sidestepped their calls to ban workplace uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers, an action they said would not protect workers.

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With agenda set, IRIS relaunches Cr6 assessment

IRIS' release of the hexavalent chromium scoping document signals an early sign of action for the program after it was stalled while Trump EPA officials narrowed its agenda.

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EPA Leaves Door Open to Address Methylene Chloride's Workplace Risks

Facing widespread criticism that its first-time ban on consumer uses of paint strippers containing methylene chloride does not protect workers, the agency's top toxics official is leaving the door open to taking future action to limit workplace risks under the revised toxics law though she stopped short of pledging to ban the chemical's commercial uses that many critics are seeking.

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Bush Dereg Chief Urges EPA To Shore Up Climate Rollbacks, TSCA Rules

John Graham, President George W. Bush’s deregulatory chief, is urging the Trump EPA to shore up its efforts to roll back Obama-era climate rules, saying they are legally vulnerable to litigation and should be more “responsive” to the agency’s landmark 2009 greenhouse gas risk finding.

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Scientists Back Use Of 2007 Risk Approach For EPA Perchlorate Standard

A team of scientists in an article accepted for publication in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology is backing the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) call for EPA to rely on a 2005 risk assessment in crafting a perchlorate drinking water standard that could spur a weaker limit than use of an alternative approach.

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As EPA, DOD Battle, New Jersey Adopts Strict Groundwater PFAS Level

New Jersey regulators have set strict health-based groundwater cleanup standards for two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), adopting interim levels that are forty times more stringent than those being pushed by the Defense Department (DOD) in an ongoing fight with EPA over federal cleanup levels.

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EPA Takes Initial Steps On PFAS Contamination Before Superfund Listing

EPA has begun to sample for potential contamination of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Superfund sites even before it lists the chemicals as “hazardous substances,” suggesting it could move quickly to require cleanup at sites where the agency had previously committed not to and where prior mandates are addressed.

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States Renew Call For RMP-Style CWA Spill Regulation, Citing EPA Data

State and local emergency response officials are renewing their call for EPA to promulgate an accident prevention rule to address chemical spills under the Clean Water Act (CWA), criticizing the agency's decision to drop plans for such a rule as a dereliction of duty and arguing recently released EPA data does nothing to support the agency's decision.

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GOP, Industry Reject Call For CFATS Data Sharing After EPA's RMP Rollback

Republicans and the chemical industry are rejecting Democrats' calls to require industry to share data with first responders under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, a step intended to fill the gap left by EPA's rollback of an Obama-era risk management plan (RMP) rule.

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