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President Donald Trump signed Feb. 24 a new executive order (EO) that requires EPA and other agencies to each designate regulatory reform officers and establish a regulatory reform task force with the goal of identifying existing regulations for repeal or modification, expanding his administration's deregulatory architecture given the issue's priority.

Oil sector divisions are widening over whether EPA should retain or change the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to fuel blenders, and a split among top Trump administration officials over the future of the RFS makes it unclear which side EPA will take.

Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent (NOI) threatening to sue EPA over its alleged failure to review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, adding to pressure for the agency to undertake new assessments of the program following an oil sector suit trying to force a review of RFS implementing regulations.

EPA is limiting its review of asbestos under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the definition of asbestos in the statute, agency staff announced at a recent stakeholders meeting where speakers clashed over which uses EPA should pursue.

Pesticide sector officials will seek EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's commitment that the Trump administration will follow federal law and sound science in pesticide reviews following industry claims that the Obama EPA's process was inadequate, and they will also press Congress to ensure the agency has adequate resources to process reviews.

EPA is rejecting health groups' petition seeking a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) ban on drinking water fluoridation after finding it lacked adequate evidence of neurological risks to justify a ban, but the agency is also offering guidance on how to craft petitions to win reviews of potential bans under last year's revised TSCA.

EPA's acting toxics office chief says new agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is “very engaged” on implementing the new rulemaking mandates in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and how to meet statutory deadlines for issuing the rules, downplaying fears that the Trump EPA might try to slow the law's implementation.