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EPA, Environmentalists Agree To Six-Month Delay Of Final Perchlorate Rule

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to a six-month extension, from December until June 2020, of the agency’s court-ordered deadline to finalize a long-delayed rule addressing perchlorate in drinking water, which follows EPA’s previously announced six-month delay in issuing the proposed version of the rule.

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Environmentalists, EPA Agree To Six-Month Delay Of Final Perchlorate Rule

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to a six-month extension, from December until June 2020, of the agency’s court-ordered deadline to finalize a long-delayed rule addressing perchlorate in drinking water, which follows EPA’s previously announced six-month delay in issuing the proposed version of the rule.

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EPA Expands Argument To Dismiss Asbestos TSCA Petition Litigation

EPA appears to be advancing a new argument to dismiss part of environmentalists’ suit over the agency’s denial of their petition to require more reporting about the uses of asbestos in the United States that could also provide a defense against a new trial in a second, nearly identical petition case from states.

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EPA Rejects Petition To Block DOD Thermal Disposal Of PFAS Explosives

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker has rejected a citizen petition asking the agency to immediately bar the Army from using thermal methods to dispose of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee facility, deferring to the state as the lead regulator.

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Trump Critics Press EPA To Address Advisors’ TSCA Evaluation Concerns

Democrats and others are increasing pressure on EPA to follow the many recommendations in the recently released report from science advisors who reviewed EPA’s first draft risk evaluation completed under the auspices of its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program, as agency officials have sought to show progress.

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New Hampshire Warns TSCA Inventory Lacks Data On Manufacturing PFAS

New Hampshire regulators working with EPA to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in manufacturing facilities are finding that as many as 50% of the chemicals sampled in those tests are missing from the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory of chemicals in commerce, a state official says.

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General Electric asks to intervene in EPA Hudson River cleanup suit

The company says it spent more than $1.7 billion in following EPA’s prescribed cleanup plan for the Hudson River and that the agency’s completion certificate should stand despite New York’s lawsuit.

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SAB Gives Largely Critical Responses To EPA Science Transparency Rule

EPA science advisors are giving largely critical responses to the agency’s narrow questions about how to implement protections of trade secret or personal medical information as part of its effort to advance the science transparency rule that aims to bar agency decision-makers from relying on any information that is not publicly available.

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EPA updates aquatic life benchmarks for pesticide monitoring

The revised benchmarks table include new and updated values based on new toxicity assessments for four newly registered pesticides and 36 pesticides undergoing registration review.

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Landmark Tort Suit Against PFAS Makers Clears First Major Court Hurdle

A federal district court in Ohio has rejected efforts by the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to dismiss a landmark tort class action lawsuit that is pursuing industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine the health effects of numerous PFAS found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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