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Toxics

IG to review toxics office's implementation of TSCA reform

“The OIG’s objective is to determine whether the EPA has met Lautenberg Act deadlines, and whether the EPA has the staff, resources and management controls in place to meet future statutory deadlines.”

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EPA reiterates its view that glyphosate is not carcinogenic

The agency's finding could bolster arguments from the chemical's manufacturer, which is facing billions of dollars in tort claims from plaintiffs exposed to the pesticide.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks PFAS Rule As Data Shows Contamination Expanding

As environmentalists prepare to release new data showing growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation setting a two-year deadline for EPA to regulate the substance, though the bill leaves open key issues the agency would have to address.

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Drinking water utilities meet with OMB on perchlorate

The April 30 meeting is likely to include the American Water Works Association's criticisms of EPA's modeling approach to setting a perchlorate standard.

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EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

The White House's decision to drop from EPA's groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) a default threshold above which regulators could order removals is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify though EPA says the limit was dropped to avoid confusion.

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States Back Environmentalists’ Bid To Preserve IRIS’ EtO Value For Air Rules

State regulators are joining environmentalists in urging EPA to continue using strict risk values for ethylene oxide (EtO), developed by its embattled Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, in its air toxics rules for hydrochloric acid (HCl) plants, though the states stop short of threatening to sue over the issue as environmentalists are.

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EPA submits PBT plan for White House review

The proposal is likely to face litigation once issued as environmentalists and industry groups have called for competing approaches on what criteria the agency use to identify substances for regulation.

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Senate Democrats urge commercial ban of methylene chloride

In a letter to EPA, 22 Democratic senators argue the agency's recent decision to exclude workplace use of the paint stripper from a recent ban leaves a vulnerable population at risk.

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Court Faults EPA's 'Nonsensical' Elimination Of TSCA Rule's CBI Provision

A federal court has rejected Trump EPA efforts to drop a provision from its rule re-setting the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory that had required companies to substantiate a category of confidential business information (CBI) claims, finding its “explanation for excising that criterion was, nonsensically, a denial that it had done so."

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EPA Unveils PFAS Groundwater Guide But DOD Compliance Uncertain

EPA has issued long-delayed draft interim guidelines for cleaning up groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at levels stricter than what the Defense Department (DOD) and the other agencies have sought, though it is not clear whether DOD and the other agencies will comply at levels recommended by EPA.

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