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Risk Policy Report - 02/21/2017

  • EPA Limiting Asbestos Chemical Evaluation To Six Forms In TSCA

    EPA is limiting its review of asbestos under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the definition of asbestos in the statute, agency staff announced at a recent stakeholders meeting where speakers clashed over which uses EPA should pursue.

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  • EPA TSCA Review Plan Sparks Debate Over Scope Of 'Uses' To Consider

    EPA's plan to use authority under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to review 10 chemicals is sparking debate between the chemical industry and environmentalists over the uses of the substances the agency should weigh in its risk reviews, with a former EPA official urging EPA to collect a broad set of data.

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  • GAO Says TSCA May Help End 'High Risk' Status Of EPA Chemical Reviews

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could help move EPA's chemical risk assessment program off GAO's list of programs that pose a “high risk” of fraud, waste or abuse, because the updated law will help EPA take steps to address the watchdog's long-running concerns.

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  • Pruitt's Emails Give Democrats New Tool To Fight Trump EPA's Agenda

    The imminent release of thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails from his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general (AG) will give Democrats and other opponents of the newly-confirmed EPA administrator new tools to fight the Trump EPA's agenda after he is sworn in, though their release failed to help Democrats delay Pruitt's confirmation.

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  • EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Water Quality Criteria Guidance

    EPA is extending the public comment period for a draft guidance to help states develop aquatic life water quality criteria for conductivity and on proposed first-time draft recreational water quality criteria for cyanotoxins, following requests from numerous industry groups for more time to weigh in on the documents.

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  • Broad Stakeholder Coalition Presses Congress For Speedy PRIA Renewal

    A coalition of industry, environmental and other groups is urging Congress to swiftly approve legislation that would re-authorize for seven years the program allowing EPA to collect industry fees to support timely pesticide reviews just as a House panel took the first step in advancing the legislation.

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  • Health Group Attacks California Deference Claims In Prop. 65 Lead Risk Suit

    A public health group is attacking claims by California lawyers that the state's health hazard office deserves broad deference in how a "safe harbor" risk standard for lead was set and maintained under state law Proposition 65, and that a state appellate court should reconsider the issue anew, according to a recent brief in the advocates' challenge.

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  • EPA Delays TSCA CBI Policy Following Trump's Regulatory Review Order

    EPA is delaying implementation of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule requiring companies to provide "upfront" evidence for their claims of confidential business information (CBI), belatedly including the policy in the White House's broad delay of new rules to give the Trump administration time to consider revising them.

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  • As Pruitt Confirmed, McCarthy Urges Staff To Focus On Protecting Health

    As Scott Pruitt prepares to be sworn in as the next EPA administrator, his predecessor, Gina McCarthy, is urging agency staff to remain focused on actions to protect public health and the environment, rather than on what might happen under the Trump administration.

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  • CEQ's Top Acting Official Pushes GHG Analyses In NEPA Reviews

    The acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Ted Boling, is urging continued consideration of climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews despite the fact that President Donald Trump is expected to target CEQ's recent guidance for agencies on the issue.

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  • Industries Plan To Press Pruitt For New EPA RMP Rule If CRA Effort Fails

    Chemical, agricultural, and other industry officials plan to press Scott Pruitt -- President Donald Trump's nominee for next EPA administrator -- to pursue a rulemaking repealing controversial Obama-era revisions to the agency's facility safety program if a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo the changes fails to become law.

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