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Risk Policy Report - 05/23/2017

  • Senate Democrats Oppose Regulatory Reform Bill Over TSCA Concerns

    A Senate panel has approved a high-profile regulatory reform bill in a largely party-line vote but top Democrats are strongly opposing the bill in part because they charge it would stymie implementation of EPA's new toxics control law, raising doubts that industry and other supporters will be able to win over enough Democrats to overcome an almost certain filibuster.

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  • NACAA Document Shows Trump Budget Likely To Stick With Deep EPA Cuts

    The administration's final budget plan for EPA in fiscal years 2018, due for release this week, appears likely to stick with the steep, roughly 31 percent cut the White House first proposed for the agency earlier this year, including elimination of scores of popular grant programs, according to a document released by state air regulators.

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  • Industry Argues EPA's Draft TSCA Bans Do Not Meet Law's Requirements

    Chemical industry groups are arguing that the Obama EPA's proposed restrictions on certain uses of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and two paint stripping chemicals do not meet legal requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and should be withdrawn, while environmentalists are urging the Trump administration to finalize the rules.

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  • Farmworkers Threaten To Pull PRIA Support If EPA Weakens Toxics Rules

    Farmworker representatives are threatening to pull out of a long-standing coalition with industry that helps secure federal funds for streamlined EPA pesticide registrations if the Trump administration follows through on plans to scrap agency pesticide programs and scale back Obama-era rules for reducing farmworkers' exposures to pesticides.

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  • Industry Cautiously Optimistic About EPA TSCA Action On New Chemicals

    Industry sources are cautiously optimistic that EPA's recent conditional approval of two new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) may indicate the agency is becoming more flexible in its reviews and may be working to reduce a backlog of pending applications to manufacture new chemicals.

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  • BOSC Chairman To Testify At House Science Committee Hearing

    The chairman of EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) -- the advisory panel which recently lost half of its members when the Trump EPA decided not reappoint them -- will testify at a House Science Committee hearing next week, where Democrats will almost certainly revive their concerns with the agency's decision.

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  • Unclear Agency Resources Muddle Updates To National Climate Assessment

    An advisory committee for the sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA) is acknowledging federal agencies might not have sufficient resources to carry out improvements to the assessment due to the Trump White House's proposed steep budget cuts, complicating their task to provide recommendations to shape the process' future.

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  • Environmentalists Fear Regulatory Reform Push May Hinder TSCA Reform

    Environmentalists fear that the Trump EPA's regulatory reform effort might hinder implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by diverting scarce agency resources to identifying TSCA rules for possible repeal rather than pursuing the new toxics rules mandated by the law that have broad bipartisan backing.

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  • Advocates For Lead Protections Appeal To EPA To Uphold Rules, Budget

    Environmentalists and advocates for protections against lead poisoning are urging EPA to uphold or strengthen lead rules, as well as reverse proposed budget cuts for lead programs, as the agency in undertaking a major regulatory reform initiative considers whether to revise or rescind lead protection rules.

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  • Nuclear Watchdog Group Asks EPA To Revoke Water Radiation Guide

    A nuclear watchdog group is asking EPA to revoke a controversial drinking water guide for radiological emergencies issued by the agency on the last day of the Obama administration, arguing the guide was issued despite significant public opposition over its allowance of concentrations of radioactivity in emergencies that far exceed Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) limits.

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  • NAS Panel Slated To Review Appalachian Coal Mines' Health Impacts

    Prompted by requests to EPA and other agencies, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel is slated to hold its second meeting May 23 to resolve contradictory findings on whether surface coal mining in Central Appalachia harms human health, a study that could aid Trump administration efforts to roll back rules that discourage coal production.

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  • States Urged To Address PFC Contamination In Absence Of EPA Standard

    Environmentalists and others are pressing state governments to more aggressively address perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), a class of emerging contaminants, in drinking water, urging them to set strict enforceable standards in the absence of regulation from EPA.

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