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Judge Hands Down Mixed Evidentiary Rulings Ahead Of Novel TSCA Trial

A federal judge says he is “inclined” to bar witnesses from describing fluoridation’s health benefits in a landmark trial on whether EPA must regulate drinking water fluoridation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying they are irrelevant to risk evaluation under the law, the latest pre-trial loss for the agency ahead of the June 8 arguments.

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EPA Urged To Bolster Anti-Viral Safety Advice After Poison Calls Spike

Even as EPA encourages use of approved disinfectants to address the coronavirus, it is facing calls to increase development of associated safety materials as poison control centers report a spike in emergency calls from consumers concerned about harmful exposures to both disinfectants and cleaning chemicals the agency has said can be used.

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EPA Rejects Calls To Change TSCA Reporting Definition For ‘Small’ Business

Weeks before companies must start reporting key chemical data to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has declined calls from some industry groups to revise its method for determining when companies are considered “small” and qualify for exemptions and other relief under its chemical data reporting (CDR) rule.

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EPA eases PPE requirements for carbon nanotubes

A lawyer involved in the issue says the revisions bring regulation of the substances in line with rules the agency has issued governing similar substances.

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EPA reschedules asbestos evaluation peer review

EPA’s advisors will meet during the first week in June -- six weeks later than planned -- after the panel raised concern it would not have a quorum due to their work addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chemical Industry Downplays Broader Impact Of EPA’s SNUR For PFAS

The chemical industry is downplaying the broader policy implications of EPA's supplemental proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for a group of perfluorinated compounds, including a controversial proposed exemption for importers, while touting the benefits of the so-called “safe harbor” provisions and an expansion of other exemptions.

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Chemical Industry Stresses 'Unique' Elements Of EPA’s SNUR For PFAS

The chemical industry is downplaying the broader policy implications of EPA's supplemental proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for a group of perfluorinated compounds, including a controversial proposed exemption for importers, while touting the benefits of the so-called “safe harbor” provisions and an expansion of other exemptions.

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EPA says CDR small manufacturer definition weeks away

EPA says it will not issue a final definition for which entities may be exempted from reporting for several weeks even though the reporting period is slated to begin next month.

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UCS lodges integrity complaint over TCE evaluation

The group charges that White House changes that weakened EPA’s draft evaluation of the common solvent violate provisions in the agency’s scientific integrity policy.

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House Memo Says EPA Unable To Answer Key Queries On Science Rule

EPA officials are unable to answer fundamental questions about how the Trump administration’s controversial proposed rule limiting the use of some scientific studies in agency decisions would be implemented or legally justified, according to a memo Democratic staff prepared for lawmakers, intensifying criticism of the controversial proposal.

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