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EPA issues small business guide on methylene chloride ban

EPA’s guidance is intended to aid small businesses as they work to comply with the agency’s landmark ban on consumer uses of paint strippers containing the chemical.

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Despite GOP Calls, EPA Delays IRIS Handbook Amid Fight Over TSCA Method

Despite calls from GOP lawmakers and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), EPA appears to have buried the handbook describing how its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program conducts its risk analyses as officials in the research and toxics offices battle over a key assessment method and a system for characterizing non-cancer risks.

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House coalition pushes for PFAS measures

The bipartisan group is calling on House and Senate defense bill conferees to back a host of measures to advance numerous, and sometimes controversial, policies dealing with perfluorinated chemicals.

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Industry Battle Brews Over Calls For Narrow PFAS Liability Waivers

Chemical manufacturers and other industrial waste generators are signaling they plan to fight efforts by water utilities, airport operators and other groups that are seeking narrow, sector-specific waivers from cleanup liability should policymakers list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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Democrats query EPA’s approval of antibiotics on citrus

The lawmakers cite a CDC report submitted to EPA in 2018 that found that spraying antibiotics on citrus trees “could contribute significantly to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.”

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Advisors Frustrated By Lack Of EPA Data On Science Transparency Rule

EPA’s science advisors are expressing frustration over the agency’s failure to provide adequate information over its controversial proposal requiring that only research whose underlying data is publicly available can be used for regulatory purposes, warning at a recent meeting that the officials’ failure may prevent them from providing advice.

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As EWG Details Industry’s PFAS Findings, DuPont Fortifies Cleanup Pledges

Environmentalists have compiled a suite of documents that could bolster a House Democrat’s suggestion that chemical companies continued to produce and sell per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances’ (PFAS) despite knowing the health risks just as one of those companies, DuPont, is strengthening its pledge to remediate any contamination and curb risks.

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EPA Weighs Industry Risk Analysis Requests, Raising New TSCA Tests

EPA is seeking comment on a pair of chemical industry requests asking the agency to assess the risks of two phthalate chemicals, requests that will pose first-time tests for the agency on whether and how it conducts such analysis under the revised toxics law and whether any negative EPA risk finding preempts existing state and federal requirements.

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Science Advisors Query Narrow Scope Of EPA’s 1BP TSCA Assessment

EPA’s advisors are again criticizing the scope of the agency’s chemical evaluations, this time for its exclusion of general population exposures to the chemical 1-bromopropane (1BP) from its analysis of the substance’s risks -- a decision the agency made because it is weighing an industry petition to list the substance as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP).

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PEER Petitions EPA To Phase Out Refiners’ Use Of Hydrogen Fluoride

A government watchdog group is petitioning EPA to phase out the use of hydrogen fluoride (HF) at oil refining facilities under its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) authorities, the latest in a series of actions to curb the use of the highly corrosive substance following several “near miss” incidents.

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