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EPA seeks to clarify use of OECD codes for CDR reporting

Responding to industry concerns that use of OECD codes is burdensome, agency officials say they are only requiring use of the codes in CDR reports for the next 20 existing chemicals subject to evaluation.

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DuPont CEO eyes settlements to ease PFAS liabilities

Edward Breen told a May 5 earnings call he expects to settle personal injury and corporate liability claims stemming from the company’s production of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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GAO calls for EPA to revisit 21 ‘priority’ policy recommendations

The unaddressed high-priority recommendations include four items from recent climate reports where EPA either rejected the Government Accountability Office input outright or declined to respond.

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EPA Stretches Beyond FIFRA In Bid To Expand List Of Anti-Viral Products

Under pressure from manufacturers to expand the number of substances that can be used to limit consumer exposure to the novel coronavirus, EPA appears to be taking initial steps to allow or in some cases encourage use of substances that are not registered for such use under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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Environmentalists Eye APA Claim If They Lose CWA Oil Spill Deadline Suit

A federal court is slated to hear arguments May 6 on whether to dismiss environmentalists’ Clean Water Act (CWA) claims that EPA must update its rules governing oil spill dispersants, though the plaintiffs plan to continue pursuing their unreasonable delay claims under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) if the agency defeats the CWA suit.

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SACC Raises Concerns Over CCl4 Evaluation But Splits On Cancer Analysis

EPA’s science advisors are raising multiple concerns with the agency’s draft evaluation of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), the latest such criticism as EPA nears a statutory deadline to complete its first 10 risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) next month.

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Formaldehyde Firms Could Skip TSCA Fees Due To EPA ‘Byproducts’ Waiver

EPA is clarifying that its plan to exempt “byproducts” from its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fee rule extends to formaldehyde that is produced as a byproduct, an action that could significantly narrow the universe of firms that the agency had preliminarily identified as having to contribute fees to cover the cost of its formaldehyde evaluation.

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New Hampshire seeks to restore landmark PFAS rules

The Granite State is seeking to restore landmark rules setting strict drinking water and groundwater standards for four PFAS.

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Advisors Praise EPA’s Virus Research Plans But Query Transmission Path

EPA science advisors are generally praising the lengthy list of questions guiding EPA’s broad coronavirus research agenda, but during an April 30 conference call questioned the agency’s apparent assumption about an important virus transmission pathway that could alter research needs as they seek to provide rapid advice to the agency.

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EPA Weighs Additional Exemptions For TSCA Fees In Upcoming Rulemaking

As EPA prepares to revise its rule governing fee requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the agency is also considering proposals from industry and other stakeholders for additional waivers and flexibilities that go beyond the three categorical exemptions that the agency has made the primary focus of the rulemaking.

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