News Recap for 5-21-21
Progressive Farmer: EPA Wants Roundup Redo — The EPA has asked a federal court for a chance to review and possibly revise parts of its 2020 interim decision to re-register glyphosate while leaving the herbicide on the market. While EPA wants to reconsider its analysis of glyphosate’s ecological risks and re-weigh them against the herbicide’s benefits, the agency was clear in the filing that it will not reconsider its existing ruling that glyphosate does not present a health hazard to humans.
Bloomberg BNA: PFAS Action Act Would Reinforce, Accelerate Current Priorities — The PFAS Action Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation that would require the creation of a national drinking water standard for various PFAS chemicals. Environmental attorneys say the act could also significantly accelerate the timeline for classifying certain PFAS compounds as hazardous substances and allows the EPA significant discretion over future PFAS regulation.
Yahoo Finance: Judge Suggests Warning Label as Part of $2 Bln Plan to Limit Roundup Claims — U.S. District Judge Vincent Chhabria suggested on Wednesday that Bayer could include a warning label on Roundup as part of a proposed $2 billion settlement to resolve future claims that the top-selling weedkiller causes cancer. He believes a label would prevent further lawsuits and free up money to create a better offer for people already exposed. Bayer, however, disagrees that the suggested label would protect against future lawsuits.
JD Supra: California Expands Review Of PFOS, PFOA To Include Cancer Risk — The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is expanding its review of potential substances to add to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals that cause cancer, adding four additional PFAS compounds. While it will likely take up to a year for state officials to review all of the new chemicals, if the substances are listed, Prop 65 notices will be required on all products containing the chemicals.
The Hill: Vermont Governor Signs First-in-Nation Restrictions on PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ — Republican Governor Phil Scott this week signed a bill that prohibits the sale of certain products containing PFAS chemicals, including firefighting foam, food packaging, ski wax, carpets, rugs, and stain-resistant treatments. Vermont is the first state to take such action on PFAS chemicals, though Washington, New York, and Maine all have plans to eliminate PFAS in packaging by December 2022.