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Toxics

Congress Poised To Extend EPA Funds, Chemical Programs, Until Feb. 8

Congress is poised to vote in the coming days on a stopgap bill that will extend level funding for EPA and six other federal agencies into February, a move that will avoid a partial government shutdown while creating an early test for the new Democratic Congress to negotiate a longer-term deal with Senate Republicans and the White House.

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Echoing MTBE, Panel Merges Scores Of PFAS Claims On Firefighting Foam

A federal panel on multidistrict litigation (MDL) has consolidated scores of personal injury, groundwater contamination and other suits against companies involved in producing firefighting foam that contained perfluorinated compounds, echoing the path courts took when they consolidated cases over groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

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Democrats Launch Inquiry Into EPA Approval Of 'New' PFAS Under TSCA

Even as EPA grapples with how to manage past and ongoing releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), House Democrats are pressing the agency to explain its actions in approving hundreds of “new” PFAS under its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorities before they enter commerce.

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Despite Past Filings, Sterigenics Avoids Filing Reports To EPA's TRI

Sterigenics, the sterilization company at the center of a controversy in the Chicago area over its releases of ethylene oxide (EtO), appears to have dropped its past practice of filing emissions data to EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database for 2017 for any of its facilities, according to searches performed by Inside EPA.

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Inspector General Launches Review Of EPA's Efforts To Mitigate EtO Risks

EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is launching a review of whether EPA has taken sufficient steps to mitigate cancer risks presented by ethylene oxide (EtO) and other harmful chemicals in its air toxics rules, after the agency's most recent national air toxics assessment (NATA) spurred concerns in some communities over health impacts of EtO.

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ECOS names Donald Welsh as executive director

The former EPA Region 3 administrator and Pennsylvania environment official will continue states' effort to bolster collaboration with federal regulators.

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Senators urge CDC to study firefighters' exposure to PFAS

“We urge you to take additional steps to ensure that the health implications of occupational exposure to these chemicals, particularly in firefighters, are sufficiently studied,” the senators say.

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Environmentalists Press States For SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New England environmentalists are quietly pressing states in the region to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, an interim step they hope will limit exposures as they await chemical-by-chemical health-based drinking water standards.

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Judge extends EPA's perchlorate deadline to April

EPA wins a six-month extension to propose a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient.

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Court seeks to 'terminate' environmentalists' lead rule suit

The D.C. Circuit  notes that EPA is still gathering data that was due in March 2017 to determine whether it must regulate work practices involving lead-based paint in public and commercial buildings.

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