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California tightens PFOA, PFOS reporting guidelines

California is setting stricter notification levels for local water agencies to follow in detecting two commonly found perfluorinated chemicals and launching a process to craft enforceable standards.

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EPA proposes 20 high priority chemicals for TSCA evaluation

The proposed list is unchanged from the 20 high priority candidates EPA announced it was placing into its prioritization process last March and which environmentalists have warned violates the law.

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Dow federal affairs chief picked to lead EPA Region 1

Dennis Deziel, who has served as head of federal government affairs for Dow since 2014, will take over as Regional Administrator for the New England states.

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EPA formally declines to set CWA spill requirements

The agency rejected calls from state emergency responders and environmentalists who argue a rule is needed to prevent chemical spills like the one that closed Charleston’s, WV, drinking water system in 2014.

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Progressive Group Urges Congress To Hold Industry ‘Accountable’ On PFAS

Echoing a Democratic lawmaker, a network that links millions of local activists has gathered thousands of signatures for a petition urging Congress to “hold the chemical industry accountable” for the alleged damage it has caused by continuing to produce per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) even though manufacturers knew it was harmful.

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Former EPA Toxics Nominee Sparks Debate On Novel PFOA Risk Method

A recent conference seeking to develop a research strategy on per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS), the broad class of chemicals drawing increasing public attention, sparked debate over a plan from Michael Dourson, a one-time Trump nominee to lead EPA’s toxics office, who renewed his push for a novel method for assessing the risks of PFOA, the most-studied of the chemicals.

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House Democrats Query EPA On Draft EAB Policy, Enforcement Effects

Key House Democrats are raising concerns about EPA’s draft plan to limit the role of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) in permit reviews as a way to speed permitting, demanding information on the issue, including whether EAB’s work reviewing enforcement matters will continue despite the planned policy changes.

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Congressional Concerns Over EtO Emissions Spread Beyond Illinois

Lawmakers representing congressional districts in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas are joining Illinois’ delegation in questioning EPA’s response to information it released last year about cancer risk to communities exposed to ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from facilities such as sterilization or chemical production plants.

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EPA taps new toxics office deputy to oversee new chemicals

A law firm reports that EPA has tapped a former DuPont official to serve in a new deputy-level position aimed at speeding reviews of new chemicals under TSCA.

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Seeking State Preemption, Industry Urges EPA To Expand TSCA Use Reviews

Fearing a patchwork of strict state rules, a variety of consumer product manufacturers is urging EPA to expand its planned or ongoing risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in an effort to preempt states from regulating -- or banning -- certain chemicals’ uses.

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