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EPA Will ‘Surgically’ Revise TSCA Evaluations While Advancing Risk Rules

EPA’s acting chemicals chief says the agency plans to reopen some or all of the first 10 TSCA evaluations of existing chemicals but will make any changes “surgically,” while moving ahead with rules to address “unreasonable” risks identified in the Trump-era versions, in what appears to be her clearest statement yet of the agency’s toxics agenda.

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EPA decision will determine DOD’s PFAS disposal costs

The Defense Department (DOD) says its final per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup costs will depend on an EPA decision about which disposal methods are acceptable.

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Environmentalists Eye ‘Damning’ Records To Support TSCA Reversals

Environmentalists say newly released emails between Trump EPA toxics officials and industry figures show a “damning” level of coordination between the agency and regulated entities, which they hope will in turn help convince the Biden administration to undo its predecessor’s policies.

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Trump Officials Blocked Staffs’ Chemical Nominations For IRIS Assessments

EPA sources say Trump-era political appointees interfered with the process for staff to nominate chemicals for risk assessment in the influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, leading to the sharp decline in nominations for 2021 that prompted the Biden administration to reopen nominations this month.

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Regan Opens Sweeping Review Of EPA Science Advisory Panels, Policies

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is ordering a wide-ranging review of agency science policies and advisory panels, with the goals of identifying barriers to using “the best available science” and of ensuring that the boards “include top-tier experts” with limits on members’ conflicts of interest.

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States Challenge EPA’s 1,4-Dioxane Evaluation To ‘Support’ Biden’s Review

A coalition of 14 Democratic-led states and two cities are suing over the TSCA evaluation of 1,4-dioxane that the Trump EPA finalized shortly before leaving office, an action they say is intended to “support” an expected effort by the Biden administration to craft a “remedy of numerous deficiencies in the risk evaluation.”

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Freedhoff Says ‘Political Interference’ Compromised TSCA TCE Evaluation

The Biden EPA’s acting toxics chief has identified the Trump administration’s TSCA evaluation of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) as an example of “political interference,” opening the door to it being addressed under a new scientific integrity policy though the official gave no sign of how she plans to remedy the assessment’s flaws.

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Industry Faces Hurdles From PBT Rule Despite EPA ‘No Action’ Pledge

Industry attorneys are welcoming EPA’s six-month enforcement pause for some aspects of its novel TSCA rule governing one persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemical, but they say companies wrestling with how to eliminate the flame retardant from their supply chains still face challenges despite the agency’s “no action assurance.”

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D.C. Circuit grants EPA bid to further delay RMP rollback rule case

A federal appeals court has granted EPA’s request for a 90-day stay of consolidated litigation contesting the Trump EPA’s rule reversing Obama-era chemical disaster safety mandates for facilities.

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EPA Seeks Data On PFAS Industrial Sites To Support CWA Effluent Rule

EPA is seeking new data on facilities that manufacture or formulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a first step toward a future Clean Water Act (CWA) rule governing PFAS in facilities’ wastewater effluent, following through on a plan announced shortly before the end of the Trump administration.

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