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Ousted EPA Children’s Health Chief Seeks Return, Eyes Focus on Equity

by Inside EPA | April 29, 2021
“Ruth Etzel, the former director of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) ousted by the Trump administration, is pursuing a whistleblower complaint that could return her to the helm of OCHP, just as she is calling for regulators to adopt a new approach to chemical ...

Despite Lawmakers’ Demands, PFAS Bill Leaves Many TSCA Limits To EPA

by Inside EPA | April 15, 2021
“The bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking strict limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is backing legislation that would require EPA to take only some of the steps they have previously sought to regulate the chemicals under TSCA, leaving their push for a “phase-out ...

State Waste Officials Back Superfund Law Class Designation For PFAS

by Inside EPA | March 12, 2021
“State waste regulators say the lack of federal regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hindering their efforts to clean up the chemicals, and they are calling for EPA to designate the entire class of thousands of PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the ...

Novel PFAS Test Method Spurs Fresh Calls For Class-Based TSCA Rules

by Inside EPA | March 9, 2021
“Environmentalists say a new detection method for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that reveals a host of previously-unknown chemicals bolsters their call for EPA to regulate the class all at once under TSCA, warning that a piecemeal approach would stretch on for decades as ...

Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

by Inside EPA | February 10, 2021
“Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law and instead said the agency ...