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Environmentalists Call For Broader EPA PFAS Policies Under Several Laws

Environmentalists are calling on EPA to broaden its actions to stem the environmental impacts of the class of non-stick chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including regulating PFAS under multiple environmental laws and launching new testing and monitoring of the chemicals in drinking water systems.

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EPW Democrats say 'rule of law' requires undoing Pruitt EPA rules

The Senate environment panel's minority says acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler can only fulfill his promise to “restore the rule of law” by abandoning his predecessor's policy agenda.

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Ahead Of Argument, Guidance Sparks Fight In Suit Over EPA TSCA Policy

Environmentalists and the chemical sector are sparring over whether decades-old agency guidance helps or hinders legal attacks on the EPA's final rule updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory of existing chemicals, ahead of Oct. 12 oral argument in a case challenging the TSCA regulation's data disclosure provisions.

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ORD Reorganization Plan Prompts Mixed Reaction From EPA Employees

EPA leadership's plan to reorganize the Office of Research & Development (ORD), including merging it with the Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), is prompting a mixed reaction from agency employees, with some saying it could hinder the advisor's access to the administrator while others say it could help address resource constraints.

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Class action suit seeks nationwide PFAS health studies

The suit against makers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) seeks industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine health effects of PFAS.

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Crop growers back EPA's push for rehearing in chlorpyrifos ban case

The groups claim a federal appeals court's 'epic smackdown' of the agency over banning chlorpyrifos conflicts with pesticide law and would harm growers and the economy.

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Senate Democrats query EPA placing children's office head on leave

The Democrats are seeking answers to questions about EPA's decision to place Office of Children's Health Protection Director Ruth Etzel on administrative leave.

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OIG to review TRI enforcement of late-reporting companies

EPA's Office of Inspector General will review how the agency addresses situations in which companies mandated to report their releases to the Toxics Release Inventory do so after the program's deadline.

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Wheeler launches new staff reporting tool for environmental risks

EPA staff can use the web-based tool to notify senior management when concerns they raise to supervisors about significant environmental risks go unaddressed.

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'Non-Delegation' Cases Offer Chance For High Court To Limit EPA Powers

The pending Supreme Court petition over environmental limits on a border wall, along with a just-argued case on sex offender registries, could give the justices an opportunity to limit EPA's rulemaking discretion by strengthening a little-used doctrine that bars Congress from giving the executive branch “unbounded” discretion to regulate.

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