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Risk Policy Report - 10/16/2018

  • D.C. Circuit Backs EDF's Criticism Of TSCA CBI Rule But Queries Remedy

    Appellate judges at Oct. 12 oral argument strongly backed the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) criticism of confidential business information (CBI) provisions in the Trump EPA's final rule that determines chemicals subject to the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but queried what legal remedy they could give EDF.

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  • Advisors Appear Skeptical Of EPA's Professed Priority On Children's Health

    Members of EPA's children's health advisory committee are expressing skepticism about various statements from EPA officials professing the Trump EPA's support of children's environmental health, with several of the panel's members at a recent meeting suggesting that EPA leaders need to do more than say appropriate things or write memos.

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  • EPA Urged To Speed RMP Changes After Declining Appeal Of Delay Ruling

    Chemical industry attorneys are urging EPA to accelerate its plan to undo Obama-era changes tightening the risk management plan (RMP) facility safety program, after the agency opted against appealing a court ruling that scrapped the Trump administration's delay of the revisions and reinstated looming compliance deadlines.

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  • Former CASAC Chair Says Panel Dismissals Will Weaken NAAQS' Legality

    Former EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Chairman Chris Frey is warning the agency's sudden disbanding of advisory panels for reviewing its ozone and particulate matter (PM) standards will weaken the quality of the reviews and make the resulting standards more vulnerable to legal challenges.

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  • Crop Growers Back EPA's Push For Rehearing In Chlorpyrifos Ban Case

    Pesticide producers and crop growers groups are backing EPA's request for rehearing of an appellate court decision vacating the Trump administration's reversal of an Obama-era proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, arguing that a court panel's "epic smackdown" of the agency conflicts with pesticide law and would harm growers and the economy.

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  • NAS Preparing For New DOD Projects On TCE, Lead Risk Estimates

    The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is preparing to begin two new projects funded by the Defense Department (DOD) on the human health risks of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and lead, chemicals for which EPA has either created a controversial risk assessment or for which it has struggled to develop risk estimates.

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  • RFF Slams 'Unrealistic' Claims Of Safety Benefits Of Vehicle GHG Rollback

    New Resources for the Future (RFF) analysis slams Trump administration's claims its vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rollback would reduce traffic fatalities and not significantly boost consumer fuel costs, adding to critiques that the rule's claimed benefits are artificially inflated by an assumed reduction in driving and other flaws.

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  • Wheeler Affirms Children's Health Focus Amid Office Director Controversy

    Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a new memo is "reaffirming" the agency's commitments to its children's health programs and specifically the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP), the latest step in the agency's efforts to mitigate controversy over the sudden removal of the office's former director in September.

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  • Trump EPA's Failure To Seek Advice Frustrates Children's Health Panel

    The Trump EPA's failure to date to ask the agency's children's health advisory committee for input on policy questions is frustrating members of the panel who say they cannot be effective without requests from the agency, and prompting the committee chairwoman to say she will write Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the issue.

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  • Class Action Suit Seeks Industry-Funded Nationwide PFAS Health Studies

    A class action suit brought Oct. 4 against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is seeking industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine health effects caused by multiple PFAS -- including the newer replacement chemicals -- found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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  • EPW Democrats Say 'Rule Of Law' Requires Undoing Pruitt EPA Rules

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Democrats are urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fulfill his vow to "restore the rule of law" at the agency by undoing several rules issued by his predecessor Scott Pruitt, charging that the prior administrator's policies are legally suspect and should be scrapped.

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  • Environmentalists Call For Broader EPA PFAS Policies Under Several Laws

    Environmentalists are calling on EPA to broaden its actions to stem the environmental impacts of the class of non-stick chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including regulating PFAS under multiple environmental laws and launching new testing and monitoring of the chemicals in drinking water systems.

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