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Environmentalists move to intervene in methylene chloride suit

The industry challenge to EPA’s rule will likely be transferred to the 2nd Circuit and consolidated with environmentalists’ suits because under federal law, the court of first filing has jurisdiction, attorneys say.

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EDF protests Trump EPA’s TSCA implementation

The “monumental achievement” of TSCA reform “is now at risk,” the environmental group said in a report released on the 3rd anniversary of the new law’s enactment.

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Manufacturers ask EPA for phthalates TSCA reviews

The request likely establishes two of the next chemicals that EPA will assess under the revised toxics statute.

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EPA Advisors Urged To Weigh Data For Key TSCA Risk Finding On PV29

Environmentalists are urging EPA science advisors ahead of their upcoming meeting to examine whether the agency provided adequate data for its draft conclusion that pigment violet 29 (PV29) does not pose unreasonable risk, stepping up their long-running effort to challenge EPA’s first assessment of an existing chemical under the revised toxics law.

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Report lists 475 facilities may be discharging PFAS

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed two EPA online databases and data from a New York survey to identify 475 industrial sites known to produce or use PFAS or are suspected of using PFAS.

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Trump Executive Order Could End Host Of EPA Advisory Committees

Key EPA advisory committees governing air quality policy, children’s health, environmental justice and environmental finance are among more than a dozen facing elimination after President Donald Trump issued an order requiring EPA and other agencies to disband one-third of their federal advisory committees (FACs) by Sept. 30.

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Senators urge IG to probe EPA’s use of TRI data

“We request that the IG examine how EPA currently uses and historically has used TRI, NATA, and other information to identify and respond to potential threats to human health,” the senators write.

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Senators Cut Broad Deal On New PFAS Rules But Drop Superfund Listing

Top leaders of the Senate environment committee have reached a bipartisan deal requiring EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and are seeking to attach the legislation as an amendment to a pending defense bill that is slated for floor debate as soon as next week.

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EPA’s PFAS Groundwater Guidance Draws Wide-Ranging Criticisms

EPA’s interim draft guide for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater is drawing wide-ranging criticisms, with environmentalists charging it is too weak, industry questioning its scientific basis and the agency’s procedures in developing it and states charging it does not adequately preserve their requirements.

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Oklahoma appeals suit seeking to block CWA jurisdiction rule

Oklahoma and a range of industry groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to block enforcement of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in the Sooner State.

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