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GAO Keeps EPA Toxics Analyses On High-Risk List, Seeks 'Sufficient' Funds

Rejecting arguments from EPA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is continuing to list the agency's premiere chemical assessment programs as a “high risk” issue in need of senior management oversight and is urging Congress and the administration to ensure the agency has “sufficient” funds to ensure their successful implementation.

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Democrats Launch Broad Inter-Agency Inquiry Into EPA's PFAS Policies

House and Senate Democrats are launching a broad investigation into the role EPA and other agencies played in development of its policies to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), renewing concerns that the Defense Department (DOD) and other officials may have blocked strict regulatory plans.

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EPA Touts 10-Year TRI Cuts To Bolster Rollbacks Despite Annual Increase

Top EPA officials touted just-released analysis of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), which show a decline in releases over 10 years, to renew arguments that such improvements show that the Trump administration's deregulatory efforts can be advanced without increasing risks, though the analysis showed an increase in total annual releases.

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Environmentalists claim EPA pesticide approvals violate ESA

Environmentalists are urging appellate judges to scrap several EPA pesticide approvals, faulting the agency’s failure to apply an Obama-era process for assessing the substances’ risks to listed species.

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Democrats Seek Inquiries After GAO Finds EPA Dropped IRIS Assessments

Democratic lawmakers are questioning EPA's decision to shrink its influential risk assessment program and seeking an ethics investigation into the top Trump research appointee's role, after Congress' watchdog raised questions about EPA's priority-setting process, which provided no explanation for a series of dropped assessments, including that of formaldehyde.

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Lawmakers put spotlight on PFAS

A bipartisan group of senators joins House lawmakers in calling for EPA to take aggressive steps to require cleanup of perfluorinated chemicals.

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New Mexico Court Push May Limit Impact Of Key Suit On State PFAS Powers

New Mexico officials are seeking to steer Defense Department litigation challenging their permit restrictions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to state court, a move that if successful could limit any precedent the litigation may set on federal officials' ability to challenge such state actions.

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Manufacturers Seek To Dismiss Landmark Class Action Suit Over PFAS

Manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are seeking to dismiss a potentially landmark class action suit that is pursuing industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine the effects of multiple PFAS found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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EPA submits TSCA CBI proposal for White House review

The proposal outlines EPA’s plan to review confidential business information (CBI) claims for substances on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical inventory.

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Lawmakers, environmentalists seek hearing on EtO analysis

“It is not proper for EPA to be requesting comment on, or considering any change in use of the health risk factor for EtO” in a proposed rule focused on the hydrochloric acid sector, environmentalists say.

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