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EPA Nears Final Decision On Whether To Issue PFAS Drinking Water Limit

EPA is nearing a final decision on whether to pursue a first-time drinking water standard for two of the most well studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sending its regulatory determination for White House interagency review less than three weeks before a Jan. 4 statutory deadline for finalizing the action.

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OMB Weighs EPA Notice On Adding PFAS To Manufacturing Effluent Limits

EPA has sent for White House review an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise effluent limits for certain manufacturing sectors to include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), seeking data on the presence and treatment of PFAS in discharges regulated under the organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibers category.

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EPA Expands TSCA Waivers In Final PBT Rules, Opening Door To Suits

EPA has issued precedent-setting rules governing five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals that generally follow its 2019 proposal, though the final measures regulate hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), which the agency had initially sought to exempt, while also granting new or expanded use waivers for several other chemicals.

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Judge Orders ‘Unwilling’ EPA To Mandate Asbestos Reporting Under TSCA

A federal judge has ordered EPA to amend its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to require companies importing or using asbestos to report information about those uses to the TSCA program, after finding the agency acted unlawfully in denying Democratic states’ and public health advocates’ petitions asking officials to do so.

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EPA Seeks To Ease TSCA Fees But Environmentalist Fears Risk Effects

EPA’s plan for overhauling its TSCA fees program seeks to codify a set of short-term categorical waivers it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for current fee payments, as well as other regulatory relief and payment flexibilities sought by competing industry groups while also increasing the fees charged to industry.

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EPA Touts Final Dust-Lead Rule’s ‘Overdue’ Tightening Of Clearance Levels

EPA has finalized a rule tightening dust-lead clearance levels, a move that Administrator Andrew Wheeler says is “overdue” but that environmentalists and public interest groups are likely to challenge because the limits are the same as the earlier proposed levels that critics said were too weak and did not apply to enough types of surfaces.

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Environmentalists Detail Tough Principles For Upcoming TSCA Regulations

Environmentalists are floating a set of tough principles they hope will guide EPA as it begins writing its first risk management rules under the revised TSCA, a move seen as pushing back on industry efforts to tailor such rules just as the Biden administration, which is expected to be more sympathetic to environmentalists’ views, takes office.

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EPA Releases Guidance For PFAS Destruction, Citing Uncertainties, Gaps

EPA has issued for public comment a long-awaited interim guidance on disposal and destruction methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that outlines currently available technologies but declines to endorse or dismiss any, including incineration, while noting uncertainties and knowledge gaps that still need to be addressed.

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Delaware high court upholds ruling requiring arbitration in PFAS case

The Delaware high court is rejecting an attempt by Chemours to reverse a lower court ruling that forces it to argue before an arbitrator, rather than federal court, in a suit over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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OMB approves EPA PFAS waste disposal guidance

The White House Office of Management & Budget has cleared EPA’s interim guidance for disposal and destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for release ahead of a Dec. 20 statutory deadline.

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