AASHTO discusses proposed trichloroethylene rule

January 10th, 2024

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently provided feedback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposal to address the “unreasonable risk of injury to human health presented” by trichloroethylene or TCE as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Photo courtesy of AASHTO re:source. AASHTO noted in a letter to the […]

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EPA finalizes rule to require enhanced PFAS reporting to Toxics Release Inventory

October 25th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that improves reporting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) by eliminating an exemption that allowed facilities to avoid reporting information on PFAS when those chemicals were used in small concentrations. Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS are used at […]

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EPA finalizes rule to require reporting of PFAS data to better protect communities from forever chemicals

October 3rd, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that will provide EPA, its partners, and the public with the largest-ever dataset of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) manufactured and used in the United States. This rule builds on over two years of progress on the Biden-Harris Administration’s action plan to combat PFAS pollution, safeguarding […]

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ARTBA convening member working group to discuss NEPA proposal

September 11th, 2023

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a proposed rule implementing Phase 2 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ARTBA is convening a member working group Monday, Sept. 18, from 12-1 p.m. (ET) to share comments on the proposed rule. Why it matters The proposal details streamlining provisions required by the Fiscal Responsibility Act, including setting page […]

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EPA announces new framework to prevent unsafe PFAS from entering market

July 5th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its framework for addressing new and new uses of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The framework outlines EPA’s planned approach when reviewing new PFAS and new uses of PFAS to ensure that, before these chemicals are allowed to enter into commerce, EPA will undertake an extensive evaluation to ensure […]

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EPA takes important step to advance PFAS strategic roadmap, inform potential future regulations under CERCLA

April 28th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking the public for input regarding potential future hazardous substance designations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as “Superfund.”“Today’s announcement highlights EPA’s commitment to transparency and the use […]

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Illinois Tech assistant professor awarded funding to stop spread of ‘forever chemicals’ into waterways

January 26th, 2023

Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) assistant professor David Lampert was recently awarded funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for a project to stop the spread of “forever chemicals” into waterways. Lampert’s project—one of just three nationwide selected for phase II funding—focuses on preventing the movement of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) […]

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EPA announces latest actions to protect groundwater and communities from coal ash contamination

January 26th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the latest action to protect communities and hold facilities accountable for controlling and cleaning up the contamination created by coal ash disposal. The agency issued six proposed determinations to deny facilities’ requests to continue disposing coal combustion residuals (CCR or coal ash) into unlined surface impoundments. For […]

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Differentiating sources of PFAS with multiple lines of evidence

January 24th, 2023

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are ubiquitous in the environment. Because a multitude of common commercial products contain PFAS, the potential exists for PFAS contamination to impact a wide variety of business sectors and practices. It’s especially difficult to determine who’s responsible for addressing PFAS when contamination likely stems from several origins. Due to the proliferation […]

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EPA issues next test order under national testing strategy for PFAS used in plastics, chemical manufacturing

January 10th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the next Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) test order requiring testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under EPA’s the National PFAS Testing Strategy. This action orders companies to conduct and submit testing on trifluoro (trifluoromethyl) oxirane (HFPO), a perfluoroalkyl substance used in making plastics. This is […]

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