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Eased EPCRA Provisions May Bolster EPA Plan To Decline CWA Spill Rule

Recent congressional amendments to federal emergency response requirements, which aim to provide easier access to chemical spill information for drinking water utilities, could bolster EPA's arguments in rejecting environmentalists' bid to require a Clean Water Act (CWA) spill rule that existing requirements adequately address the issue.

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EPA Seeks To Update Cancer Risk Guide, Plans New Non-Cancer Guide

Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking the agency's science advisors for advice on how to update EPA's guide for assessing chemicals' cancer risks, as well as for crafting new guidance for assessing non-cancer risks and for better communicating risks, suggesting an effort to extend the administration's deregulatory approach to its risk assessment practices.

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CSB urges EPA to assess hydrofluoric acid study after refinery fires

EPA last assessed the risks of accidental releases of hydrofluoric acid 26 years ago, but CSB says recent refinery fires with potential releases of the chemical justify reassessing the study.

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NAS reviewing DOD approach for worker TCE exposure limits

DOD is seeking NAS review of its approach  on TCE after finding EPA and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) exposure limits differed greatly.

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Critics sue EPA over methylene chloride rule, citing worker risks

“If dozens of confirmed deaths are not enough to get the Trump administration to protect workers from methylene chloride paint strippers, nothing short of a court order will,” one environmentalist says.

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District judge allows Flint residents to sue EPA over ‘negligence’

A federal district judge says plaintiffs affected by the city’s lead contamination crisis can proceed with their suit seeking damages from EPA, because its response “cannot be justified” as a matter of policy discretion.

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9th Circuit Orders EPA To Answer Objections To Chlorpyrifos Ban Reversal

A federal appellate court is ordering EPA to quickly respond to environmentalists’ objections to former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s reversal of an Obama-era proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, an answer that would clear the way for critics of the decision to challenge the agency in courts on the merits of the reversal.

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Environmentalists seek integrity review of shelved formaldehyde analysis

One group provided an email from EPA's air office showing the now-shelved IRIS assessment of formaldehyde remained a priority despite political appointees' claims to the contrary.

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EPA Urges Court To Reject Challenge To Mercury Inventory, Waivers

EPA is urging a federal appellate court to dismiss a suit brought by states and environmentalists seeking to strengthen the agency's June 2018 mercury inventory and repeal the categories of reporting waivers it included, arguing that its rule met requirements that Congress included in its reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Court Rejects Navy's Bid To Reverse Landmark PFAS Monitoring Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has denied the Navy's petition for rehearing of a precedential ruling allowing residents near two military facilities to pursue medical monitoring claims after they were exposed to pefluorinated compounds, saying the military failed to raise its sovereign immunity arguments earlier in the case.

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