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US Environmental Groups Call for Ban on PFAss Chemicals

A coalition of US environmental groups have told Congress that new per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) should be banned and are calling for a halt on continued use of existing ones. The latest push to eliminate and ban the controversial substances came in a meeting of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, …

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Trump Nominates New Head of EPA’s Chemical Safety Office

Trump Nominates Region 1 Chief to Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Office   The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 1- New England was nominated to lead the agency’s national Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Alexandra Dunn has been EPA’s administrator in New England for almost a year. She is a …

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Democrats Demand Hearing on TSCA Implementation

  All 10 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment wrote to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today renewing a request for the Chairmen to schedule a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century …

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Communities and Groups Fight to Defend the Chemical Disaster Rule from Rollbacks by EPA

A coalition of community members, the National Environmental, Environmental Justice and Groups of Scientists from across the U.S.A asked Andrew Wheeler, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the agency’s plan to roll back the implementation of the Chemical Disaster Rule. The Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule was made to reduce …

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OEHHA has proposed a Safe Harbor Level for Metham Sodium

OEHHA Establishes MADL for Metham Sodium

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it has established a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for exposure to metham sodium of 290 micrograms per day by amending Section 25805(b) of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. OEHHA reviewed the studies that provide information on the developmental toxicity of …

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns in Disgrace

  Scott Pruitt, the inflammatory and controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned. Pruitt’s deputy Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist will take over as acting administrator starting on Monday. President Trump announced Pruitt’s departure on Twitter and said Pruitt had done an “outstanding job”. Pruitt in the past year has been embroiled in …

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EPA to Conduct IRIS Toxicological Review of DINP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published preliminary materials for the upcoming Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicological review of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), a member of the phthalate family of chemicals used in food-contact materials and a host of other industrial applications. The agency scheduled a discussion of the upcoming review at the IRIS Bimonthly Public …

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  The lawyer tapped to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Superfund task force, which oversees the cleanups of the most polluted places in the U S. worked with some of the top chemical and plastics manufacturer suspected of creating some of those polluted sites. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt created the Superfund Task Force to …

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DART Committee to Reconsider Methyl-n-Butyl Ketone

    California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has published Hazard Identification Documents to assist the state’s Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART-IC) when it reconsiders the scientific evidence to determine if Methyl-n-Butyl Ketone should remain on the Proposition 65 list of developmental and reproductive toxicants. Methyl-n-butyl ketone was originally added to the …

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EPA Administrator Pruitt to Allow New Uses of Asbestos

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will significantly reduce the criteria in its safety evaluations for asbestos and nine other chemicals based on the amended Toxic Substances Control Act. In the case of asbestos, the carcinogen that has caused the death of thousands of Americans, the EPA said …

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