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Toxics

Rejecting Industry Calls, ATSDR Backs EPA’s Strict Risk Approach On TCE

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is backing EPA’s 2011 assessment setting strict risk values for the ubiquitous solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), rejecting industry calls to ignore a controversial toxicology study that EPA’s risk program used when it set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

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States sue EPA to spur rule for asbestos data collection

California, Massachusetts and other states want EPA to begin requiring data on the importation and use of asbestos, which would inform the agency’s pending TSCA evaluation for the substance.

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HSIA resists environmentalists’ intervention in methylene chloride suit

“The proposed intervenors ask to intervene by right. But they do not -- so far as their motion reveals -- have standing to defend EPA’s regulation of methylene chloride,” the industry group says.

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EPA Finds Few Risks In New Draft TSCA Reviews, Sparking Legal Threats

EPA’s two newest draft risk evaluations of chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) preliminarily finds few if any conditions of use present unreasonable risk for the largely phased-out flame retardant HBCD and the solvent 1.4-dioxane, whose uses will likely remain on the market as a result.

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Advisors Back EPA Crafting Of TSCA Data Plan But Seek Quick NAS Review

Science advisors are backing EPA’s development of a unique systematic review approach for assessing the quality of the data it uses as it evaluates chemicals’ risks under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) but are urging officials to ensure the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) quickly assesses its methods.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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Top EPA toxics official announces retirement

Jeff Morris told Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) staff June 27 that he would retire in December after 30 years of federal service, sources say.

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Perchlorate Plan Tests EPA Discretion To Forgo Setting SDWA Standard

EPA’s proposed rule to regulate perchlorate in drinking water, which includes an option not to regulate, could test the agency’s discretion to forgo setting an enforceable standard, an area of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that drinking water sources say is still evolving.

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House Weighs Host Of PFAS Restrictions As Senate Limits Debate

House Democrats are floating a series of amendments to a pending defense bill that seek to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including one that would address PFAS under the Superfund law, setting up a potential clash with the Senate, where GOP leaders appear to be limiting debate on amendments.

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Dunn Sees ‘Heavy Lift’ Meeting TSCA Deadline For First 10 Risk Evaluations

EPA’s toxics chief says the agency is facing a “tall order” and a “heavy lift” as it works to meet the revised toxics law’s December 2019 deadline for evaluating risks of the first 10 existing chemicals subject to assessment, opening the door to the possibility that the agency may not meet the deadline without using a six-month extension the law allows.

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