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California sends notices to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations

State regulators sent notices to 13 companies and organizations canceling their product registrations just weeks after EPA preserved the chemical’s remaining allowable uses.

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California Draws First Challenge Over Landmark Green Chemistry Program

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and a major manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) products are suing the California toxics department to overturn its listing of SPF systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as priority products under the state’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) green chemistry program.

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ORD Overhaul On Schedule To Begin In FY20 As OPPT Reform Stalls

The ongoing effort to reorganize EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is continuing on Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s requested schedule starting in fiscal year 2020, according to information released at a recent internal meeting, even as plans to reorganize the toxics office have stalled due to pressing statutory deadlines.

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EPA releases proposed list of TSCA ‘low priority’ chemicals

Once final, the list of 20 substances will preempt some state actions on the designated chemicals.

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EPA Plan To Drop Chemical Safety Factor Raises Fears Over Industry Models

EPA’s plan to drop a three-fold safety factor (3X) intended to protect children from harmful exposures to widely used pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides based on new industry models is raising concerns from environmentalists that the industry is increasingly turning to such models to win scaled back regulatory requirements from the agency.

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EPA releases draft TSCA assessment for 1-BP

EPA says that some uses of the chemical “present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health” including for workers, consumers and bystanders.

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Water Utilities Ask Congress For CERCLA Exemption For PFAS Residuals

As lawmakers gear up to resolve differences in their pending defense bills to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), water utility groups are, for the first time, detailing joint principles, including asking for a liability exemption for PFAS-containing residuals if the bill requires EPA to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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New Mexico Urges EPA To Bring Rare PFAS Enforcement Action At Bases

New Mexico officials are urging EPA to bring rare administrative and judicial enforcement actions against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in light of the agency’s previous commitments, the latest front in states’ efforts to get regulators to address the contamination, though federal officials are rejecting their calls.

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EPA Seeks To Preempt California’s Glyphosate Warnings As Suit Nears

EPA is issuing guidance to companies that sell products containing the herbicide glyphosate to avoid and remove any labeling that says glyphosate causes cancer, in direct conflict with California Proposition 65 warning requirements for the chemical compound that have been temporarily set aside by a federal district court.

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Dropping Appeal, CSB Prepares To Issue Chemical Accident Reporting Rule

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is dropping its appeal of a federal district court’s order for the board to issue by February a final rule requiring accidental release reporting from chemical facilities, reaffirming the board’s plan released this spring to comply with the order’s timeline.

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