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Toxics

Wheeler Defends SAB’s New Regulatory Review Process From Criticisms

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is defending the agency’s new process for its Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, saying it will “broaden” the board’s access to the agency in determining which items it will review and will speed reviews.

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EPA’s SDWA Proposal For PFAS Could Spur Action On Waste Regulations

EPA’s proposed decision to develop drinking water limits for two of the most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may create momentum to list the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, even as that effort has lagged in the face of fears from many sectors over potential cleanup liabilities the listing would drive.

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EPA pursuing PFAS criminal investigations

EPA says it “has multiple criminal investigations underway concerning PFAS-related pollution."

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High Court’s Cert Rejection Of ‘Bodily Integrity’ Case Could Aid PFAS Suits

The high court’s recent decision declining review of a 2019 ruling allowing plaintiffs to argue a due process violation of “bodily integrity” stemming from the Flint water crisis could offer a new theory for plaintiffs pursuing tort suits against manufacturers and users of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), just as litigation over the issue ramps up, attorneys say.

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EPA Weighs Extension In Face Of Logistical Challenges For TSCA Fees

EPA toxics officials are considering extending the deadline for companies to self-identify to the agency that they manufacture, process or import one of 20 chemicals the agency plans to assess in the coming months as officials grapple with how to divvy up the $1.35 million assessment fee in the face of industry confusion and concern.

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Rural utilities pursue class action suit against PFAS makers

The utilities are seeking a court-supervised drinking water testing program, data collection program and a program requiring notice to affected drinking water well owners.

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EPA touts ‘significant progress’ advancing PFAS action plan

EPA is pushing back against criticism from Democrats that it is not doing enough to address addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA floats response to petition to list 1-BP as HAP

If EPA lists the chemical as a hazardous air pollutant, it will open the door to new air rules and help address concerns that EPA’s pending TSCA assessment of 1-BP precluded consideration of some exposures.

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EPA’s Dunn Says Some TSCA Deadlines May Slide To Get 'Quality' Reviews

EPA toxics chief Alex Dunn is asking the agency's advisory committee reviewing draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) evaluations whether it would be able to complete its remaining reports more quickly as she acknowledged the agency may otherwise not be able to meet its June statutory deadline on all of the first 10 risk evaluations underway.

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EPA’s TSCA Analysis Finds TCE Risks Despite Rejecting Heart Defect Study

EPA’s draft risk evaluation of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) finds multiple uses present unreasonable risks to exposed workers and consumers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), even though the agency declined to use a controversial study indicating potential for congenital heart defects that industry has long disputed.

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