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Risk Policy Report - 01/16/2018

  • Attorneys Urge More Industry Engagement On TSCA In Face Of Citizen Suits

    Attorneys are urging industry groups to more closely track and engage with environmentalists' litigation under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying initial suits could set important precedents that will determine how the new law is ultimately implemented.

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  • Industry Readies Options For EPA To Speed TSCA New Chemical Reviews

    Industry attorneys are backing EPA plans to streamline its process for reviewing new chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but they are crafting comments that will offer additional options, including improved pre-submission consultations, new data guidelines and consideration of existing rules before regulating new chemicals and their uses.

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  • EPA, FWS Delay Pesticide BiOps, Spurring Fears Of Trump Interference

    EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have delayed completing reviews of the risks of certain pesticides' to endangered species, despite a partner agency's finishing a similar review in advance of a court-ordered deadline, spurring environmentalist fears the Trump administration is derailing a novel Obama-era review process.

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  • EPA Continues Work On PFAS, But Rules Unlikely Despite Growing Pressure

    Despite growing attention to contamination from perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS), EPA is unlikely in the near term to develop enforceable cleanup standards, leaving it up to states to shoulder the responsibility for what may become a patchwork of standards even as public pressure to address the issue grows.

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  • Senate Democrats Query Pruitt On New EPA Advisors' Conflicts Of Interest

    Two Senate Democrats are raising concerns over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's recent selection of two scientists to join agency advisory panels, citing claims in public comments that the advisors have conflicts of interest because they have received funding from industry groups and saying they may lack "appropriate" scientific qualifications.

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  • SAB Director To Retire, Furthering Erosion Of Its Institutional Memory

    The director of the EPA staff office that manages its Science Advisory Board (SAB) and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) is retiring, further eroding institutional memory within some of EPA's highest profile advisory committees after Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial efforts to overhaul their memberships.

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  • Pruitt Seeks To Halve EPA Workforce Despite Obama Administration Warning

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing ahead with plans to reduce EPA's workforce by up to 50 percent at the end of President Donald Trump's first term, despite warnings from the Obama administration that retaining "top talent" at EPA is a "key challenge," according to a transition briefing paper obtained by Inside EPA.

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  • EPA Opposes Environmentalists' Push To Vacate Pesticide Registrations

    EPA and pesticide industry intervenors are opposing environmentalists' request for a federal judge to scrap dozens of neonicotinoid pesticide product registrations after a federal court ruled the decisions violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA), arguing the court should instead remand the registrations to EPA to evaluate the products' risks.

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  • House Science Committee Backs Bipartisan Radiation Effects Research Bill

    The House science committee has unanimously advanced a bipartisan bill creating a federal research program that could help EPA and other agencies set safe exposure thresholds for low doses of radiation, a measure that supporters say would bolster development of nuclear energy technologies.

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  • Michigan Sets Enforceable Standards For PFOA, PFOS At EPA Level

    Michigan regulators have adopted EPA's health advisory level for two perfluorinated chemicals as enforceable drinking water standards, saying the tools will allow it to force responsible parties to clean up the emerging contaminants due to the lack of federal standards.

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  • Environmentalists Urge Court To Allow Broad TSCA Review Of Fluoride Risks

    Environmental and public health groups are urging a federal judge to allow a broad de novo review when it hears arguments in their pending litigation challenging EPA's denial of their Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) petition, pushing back against agency claims that any risk review is limited to data in the agency's administrative record.

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