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EPA denies petition to expand TSCA asbestos reporting

EPA said the rulemaking is not needed because it would not provide new information and would not affect EPA's ongoing risk analysis.

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States Take Steps To Adopt Stricter PFAS Levels Than EPA Advisories

Expert panels in Michigan and New York -- two states that are grappling with contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- say that EPA's health advisory levels for the contaminants in drinking water are not adequately protective, opening the door for regulators to adopt stricter standards than EPA's.

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EPA's TSCA 'Pre-Prioritzation' Plan Intensifies Critics' Data Concerns

Environmentalists and public health advocates are criticizing EPA's plan for how the agency proposes to identify existing chemicals for priority review under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), charging it continues the agency's ambivalence about requiring industry to provide more studies about their products.

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EPA's Toxics Office Faces Difficulty Meeting TSCA's 'Challenging' Deadlines

EPA's toxics office is grappling with meeting a series of steep deadlines that lawmakers imposed when they revised the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016, a top official says.

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Attorneys Query EPA's TSCA Prioritization Approach After Low Risk Finding

Industry attorneys are questioning the prioritization approach EPA used to select the first 10 chemicals EPA is assessing as part of its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program for existing chemicals, arguing that the selection of Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), which appears to be a low-risk chemical, begs the question of how it could be deemed a priority.

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Democrats Query EPA Over TSCA Asbestos Assessment, Regulation Plans

As EPA prepares to release its draft assessment of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), congressional Democrats, who are seeking to ban the substance, are querying the agency's plans to assess and regulate asbestos risks in the wake of media reports detailing the presence of asbestos in talcum powder.

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Carper, Schumer press methylene chloride ban

Top Senate Democrats renew criticism of Trump administration's TSCA implementation in calling for EPA to “immediately finalize” ban on paint strippers containing methylene chloride.

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Appellate Court Partially Grants EPA Request To Narrow TSCA Risk Suit

A federal appellate court has granted EPA's request to vacate and remand a provision in its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule for evaluating risks of existing chemicals that would allow industry submitters to face criminal penalties for providing incorrect information.

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EPA Scales Back IRIS Assessment Schedule, Creating New Uncertainties

Following a high-level review, EPA has released a scaled-back agenda of chemicals that its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program will assess over the next few years, providing some certainty after months of limited public activity.

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Wheeler Seeks To Deflect Criticism Over Lead Plan's Lack Of New Rules

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sought to deflect questions and criticism that the Trump administration's new plan for reducing children's exposures to lead lacks any new commitments to craft enforceable regulations, arguing that the agency's commitments to finalizing rulemaking efforts that are already underway are “new.”

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