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Risk Policy Report - 12/04/2018

  • Senate GOP Eyes Speedy Confirmation For Dunn After TSCA Pledges

    Senate Republicans are eying a speedy confirmation for Alexandra Dunn, President Donald Trump's second nominee to lead EPA's toxics office, after a confirmation hearing where Democrats welcomed public and private pledges the nominee has made though they signaled they still need additional commitments before allowing the nomination to advance.

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  • Industry Scrambles To Renew PRIA After Renewal Fails To Make Farm Bill

    Industry officials are urging lawmakers to renew EPA's expiring authority to collect industry fees to support timely pesticide reviews, either through a stand-alone bill or by attaching it to a broader appropriations package, after lawmakers declined to extend the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) program in the Farm Bill.

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  • Industry Seeks To Refute Key TCE Study Ahead Of EPA, Carolina Actions

    Chemical industry groups have submitted to EPA and its North Carolina counterpart a draft study intended to refute the findings of a controversial 2003 toxicology study that has driven conservative risk and remedial policies on trichloroethylene (TCE) as both agencies are poised to take important steps to address the ubiquitous solvent.

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  • CASAC Members Urge More Time, Special Panel For Ozone NAAQS Review

    Members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory (CASAC) committee are urging the agency to give them more time for their review of the ozone ambient air limit and also revive a disbanded special panel to assist the review, warning that the current process is too quick and could undermine the quality of their scientific advice.

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  • NEJAC Urges EPA To Preserve Obama-Era Farmworker Protection Rules

    EPA's environmental justice advisory panel is urging the Trump administration to retain two Obama-era rules bolstering protections for farmworkers from pesticide exposure, arguing that EPA lacks any new information to justify reversing the policies and that preserving a ban on minors handling pesticides is consistent with federal labor law.

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  • Wheeler Says EPA Will Release PFAS Plan, Proposed Lead Rule In 2019

    Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says EPA will release early next year its rule to reduce lead in drinking water, as well as an action plan for addressing per- and polyfluroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) that are contaminating water supplies -- though both will take decades to implement.

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  • ATSDR Plan For Prenatal Exposures Study Draws Mixed Reactions

    A federal health agency's plan to gather data from pregnant women or those planning to conceive about their exposures to certain chemicals, and craft a database of the responses for research and healthcare advice is drawing mixed reactions, with medical groups welcoming the plan while industry is warning the project unfairly tars chemicals.

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  • Former ORD Acting Chief Lek Kadeli Joins EPA Toxics Office Leadership

    Lek Kadeli, a top former EPA career official in the research office (ORD), is joining the management team for EPA's toxics office, bolstering the office as it ramps up to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Senate prepares to consider Alexandra Dunn, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the office.

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  • EPA Promises 2019 Risk Analysis Of Sterigenics Facility's EtO Emissions

    Facing significant local concerns, EPA's top air official promised residents of the communities surrounding a Chicago-area sterilizing facility that the agency will report "early next year" on its analysis of ongoing air monitoring near the plant to better assess the communities' risk from the ethylene oxide (EtO) emitted.

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  • Utilities Urge EPA To Fix SDWA Constitutional Concern In Perchlorate Rule

    Rural water utilities are suggesting that a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that gives the EPA administrator "sole judgment" to determine new contaminants may be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge under the "non-delegation" doctrine, and are urging the agency to address the issue in an upcoming rule governing perchlorate.

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