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Toxics

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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EPA Seeks To Narrow Obama-Era TSCA Plan Addressing New PFAS Uses

EPA is proposing to narrow an Obama-era plan to restrict manufacturing of nearly 500 long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemicals, the most well-known of which is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and the use of perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemicals in carpets, part of a group of compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA finalizes ‘low priority’ designations for 20 TSCA chemicals

The designation likely exempts the chemicals from future EPA assessment and regulation.

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EPA finalizes revised CBI rule after court’s TSCA ruling

EPA requires companies to substantiate additional chemical data before it can be deemed confidential business information.

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OIG expands inquiry into EPA civil rights compliance

The Office of Inspector General had previously been investigating EPA’s oversight of groups that received Clean Air Act funding, but it will now look into groups that receive any agency funds.

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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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EPA Grapples With TSCA’s ‘Balance’ Of Data Needs Vs. Disclosures

EPA’s toxics chief says the agency is grappling with how to obtain more data about chemicals from companies while having limited ability to protect it as confidential business information (CBI) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an issue industry sources say limits companies’ interest and ability to share studies with EPA.

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Industry, EPA Struggle To Share NMP Studies Under Revised TSCA Law

EPA and a group of chemical companies are struggling to reach agreement on industry’s offer to provide a pair of studies the companies funded on the reproductive toxicity of n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in the agency’s ongoing TSCA evaluation of the chemical, while seeking to keep the signed study report from public release so it cannot be used by competitors.

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Industry Ramps Up Attacks In Suit Testing Constitutionality Of Prop. 65

In a case that tests the constitutionality of California’s landmark chemical warning label law, a coalition of agriculture industry groups is pushing back against the state’s defenses as the parties prepare for a hearing on competing summary judgment motions slated for this spring.

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