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Coming Months Pose Test Of Trump EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Agenda

The next several months will reveal how much the Trump administration is prioritizing criminal environmental enforcement as the first cases started under this administration come to fruition, and will also see electronic compliance reporting continuing to increase, says a top EPA criminal enforcement official from the Obama administration.

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Researchers Debate Basing PFAS Replacement On Chemicals’ ‘Essentiality’

Researchers and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) experts at a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) workshop debated the concept of phasing out or replacing uses of PFAS based on how essential their use is, sparked by a publication that proposes the concept of separating PFAS into three categories of “essentiality.”

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Industries Optimistic On Push For OMB To Back EPA RMP Policy Rollback

Industry officials are optimistic that the White House will approve a pending final EPA rule to repeal Obama-era Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety requirements, and an environmentalist opposed to the effort says the agency “seems intent” on finalizing the delayed rollback.

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Environmentalists seek ‘immediate’ EPA TSCA actions on 1-BP risks

The agency is facing calls to use its toxics law authority to quickly address harms from exposure to the solvent chemical 1-bromopropane (1-BP), even before EPA finalizes its review of the chemical’s risks.

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California reaches deal to ban chlorpyrifos by end of 2020

The state’s agreement with industry to ban the sale of pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos by 2020 contrasts with EPA’s ongoing efforts to extend chlorpyrifos uses nationally.

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EPA Seeks To End TSCA Petition Challenge Over Water Fluoridation

EPA is renewing its bid to end environmental and public health groups’ efforts to obtain a court ruling on the merits of their petition asking EPA to ban drinking water fluoridation because of human health risks, in a case testing a little-used section of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) shortly after the court denied EPA’s appeal to delay a trial.

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EPA delays draft toxicity assessments for five PFAS

The agency’s Integrated Risk Information System program update shows the expected release of the draft assessments has slipped by three months but is still within the bounds of an “action plan” timeline.

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North Carolina Eyes Applying EPA PFAS Water Advisory To Groundwater

North Carolina regulators are proposing the state adopt EPA’s health advisory for two well-known per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals as a state groundwater standard and are asking the state’s science advisors for advice on the proposal, according to a presentation at the advisors’ most recent meeting.

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EPA appears to delay two TSCA evaluations

The lack of public release of draft assessments for methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is delaying a planned late October meeting of an EPA chemicals advisory committee, environmentalists say.

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Critics of EO axing advisory panels urge Trump to rescind order

A wide-ranging collection of groups is arguing that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring EPA and other agencies to eliminate advisory panels is “arbitrary,” “specious” and harmful.

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