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Risk Policy Report - 11/14/2017

  • Hedging On Toxics Nominee, Burr Urges Pruitt To Address PFC Concerns

    Even as he hedges on whether he will support the Trump administration's nominee to lead EPA's toxics office, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is urging Administrator Scott Pruitt to determine whether to prioritize perfluorinated substances (PFCs) for future risk evaluations, suggesting a commitment on addressing his concerns could help secure his support for the nominee.

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  • Latest Climate Report Creates Additional Hurdle For GHG Risk Finding Foes

    The latest federal assessment of climate change finding it "extremely likely" humans are the dominant force behind observed warming adds another political and legal hurdle for any attempt to challenge EPA's landmark 2009 greenhouse gas endangerment finding, according to several legal experts.

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  • Senate Democrats Introduce Asbestos Ban Bill Over EPA Nominee Concerns

    Eight Senate Democrats have introduced a bill seeking to ban asbestos -- even as EPA is working on a precedential risk evaluation of the substance under new responsibilities in the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- in part because of concerns that President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the agency's toxics office wouldn't ban its use.

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  • New EPA Advisory Committees' Chairmen Have History Of Agency Criticism

    The new chairmen of two influential EPA science advisory committees have a history of criticizing the agency's scientific analyses in ways fundamental to how EPA evaluates and seeks to support regulations to manage environmental risks, ranging from risk assessment approaches generally to specific air pollutants and chemicals.

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  • Environmentalists Urge EPA's Counsel To Bar Beck From TSCA Rulemaking

    Environmental groups are calling on EPA's acting General Counsel and Ethics Officer Kevin Minoli to require Nancy Beck, the top Trump administration appointee in EPA's toxics office, to recuse herself from the ongoing rulemakings for draft bans of uses of three chemicals that were proposed by the Obama EPA but appear to have stalled.

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  • D.C. Circuit Grants Industries Role In Advocates' TSCA Inventory Rule Suit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted a request from groups representing the chemical, fuel and other industry sectors to intervene in support of EPA in environmentalists' lawsuit over the agency's final rule establishing an inventory of existing chemicals subject to review under the revised toxics law.

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  • Wehrum Could Revert To EPA NAAQS Process With Earlier Political Input

    Newly confirmed EPA Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) chief William Wehrum could now undo an Obama-era policy memo on ambient air standard reviews and reinstate a process from Wehrum's prior tenure at EPA during the George W. Bush administration that gave political leadership more control earlier in the reviews, sources say.

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  • Senate Democrats Ask GAO To Review New EPA Science Advisors Policy

    A group of Senate Democrats is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to expand its review of EPA's policies and procedures for its advisory committees to also include Administrator Scott Pruitt's new policy barring any scientist who is receiving EPA grant funding from serving on any of its advisory committees.

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  • Sen. Inhofe Urges EPA To Complete Glyphosate Registration Review

    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is reiterating calls for the Trump EPA to speed its registration review of glyphosate after a new study finding the world's most commonly-used herbicide does not cause certain human cancers, arguing that the Obama administration withheld release of the study and stalled EPA's re-approval of the herbicide.

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  • Trump Administration Clears Climate Report But Key Reviewer Raises Doubts

    The Trump administration has released a final climate science report finding it "extremely likely" that human activities are the "dominant cause" of climate change, a position at odds with the administration's general stance, but a former Energy Department (DOE) adviser who is expected to run EPA's controversial climate science review is already criticizing the draft.

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  • Groups Seek To Shape California's Green Chemistry 2018-20 'Priority' List

    A variety of stakeholders are trying to influence the California toxics department's upcoming green chemistry, or Safer Consumer Products (SCP), "priority product" workplan for 2018-20, with a number of industry groups, manufacturers, environmentalists and public health groups submitting comments outlining their preferred approaches.

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  • New Jersey Eyes DOJ's Input On EPCRA Defense Against Data Disclosure

    New Jersey officials say the Department of Justice's (DOJ) input may be warranted after their criticism of an EPA-administered reporting law in the state's defense against environmentalist and labor groups' lawsuit seeking release of industrial facility data, in a case that could have broad implications for public disclosure of facility data.

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