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Pallone vows to pressure EPA to strengthen PBT proposal

“These toxic chemicals pose serious risk to Americans’ lives and livelihoods, and therefore demand a much more serious response than the one EPA has offered,” the House energy committee chairman says.

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EPA toxics chief touts PBT rule as TSCA model

The proposal includes “a range” of chemical management strategies, including concentration restrictions and container management strategies, EPA’s toxics chief says.

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Senate Democrats criticize EPA’s TSCA implementation

“Sadly, the implementation of the Lautenberg Act has deviated dramatically from Congress’ intent and the new law’s requirements,” the senators write in a letter to EPA.

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EPA’s First Draft TSCA Evaluation Draws Sharp Criticism From Reviewers

Advisors reviewing EPA’s first draft chemical risk evaluation under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have raised sharp concerns about several aspects of the draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), with some urging officials to gather more data because the draft does not support its threshold finding that the chemical doesn’t require risk management.

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EPA Finalizes Proposed Lead Dust Plan But Faces Likely Lawsuit

Facing a court deadline, EPA has issued a final rule that codifies its earlier plans to strengthen its standards identifying hazards from lead paint dust in residential facilities while declining to adopt a new definition of “lead paint,” an approach that appears likely to draw a suit from environmentalists who criticized the proposed version of the plans.

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NIEHS’ Birnbaum says EPA’s PFAS levels unprotective

New NIEHS health effects research on one of the most commonly found perfluorinated compounds indicates the safe exposure level for drinking water could be as low as 0.1 parts per trillion.

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EPA poised to unveil updated lead dust hazard rule

EPA is on track to meet a judicial deadline to issue a final rule strengthening it’s 2001 lead paint dust hazard standards.

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EPA toxics deputy leaving for White House detail

Nancy Beck, the controversial deputy assistant administrator of EPA's toxics office and a former chemical industry lobbyist, is leaving the agency for a detail with the White House National Economic Council.

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Senators ‘Hopeful’ Defense Bill Will Include Superfund PFAS Measure

A bipartisan group of senators say they remain hopeful that legislative language requiring EPA to designate perfluorinated compounds as “hazardous substances” subject to liability under the Superfund law will eventually be included in the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, which is slated for consideration later this week.

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Utilities Provide Cautious Response To Senate PFAS Bill Ahead Of Markup

Drinking water utilities are declining to take a position on bipartisan Senate legislation addressing contamination from perfluorinated chemicals through a variety of environmental laws, though they are concerned that the measure, slated for markup June 19, could set an adverse precedent by preempting EPA’s statutory process for setting standards.

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