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Risk Policy Report - 09/26/2017

  • IRIS Launches Three New Assessments As Leaders Pledge 'Paradigm Shift'

    EPA's influential but controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) risk assessment program is starting three new chemical assessments just as its leaders are pledging a "paradigm shift," including faster assessment times and greater relevance to internal and state partners.

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  • Despite Lead Model's Promise, Doubts Remain Over EPA's Use In Water Rule

    The recent publication of a pair of linked EPA models on lead exposure is drawing praise for the approach's potential to provide critical information on how children are exposed to the potent neurotoxin, but doubts remain about the viability of EPA using the complicated approach to establish a household action level in an upcoming drinking water rule revision.

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  • Industry Eyes Novel TSCA Analysis For Siloxanes But Doubts Need For Rules

    The chemical industry is preparing a risk evaluation of a siloxane, one of a class of chemicals used to produce a host of industrial and consumer products, which will likely be one of the first that EPA receives under a provision of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that allows third parties to submit such evaluations to EPA for its consideration.

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  • Suit Over Rejected Fluoride Petition Could Test EPA's Stance On TCSA 'Uses'

    EPA is poised to respond to environmentalists' suit challenging the agency's rejection of their petition seeking to ban the practice of fluoridating water under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but the case could test EPA's stance on which chemical uses it must consider in its risk analyses as it has taken a different position on the issue in recently issued TSCA rules.

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  • Farmworkers Seek To Preserve Challenge To Trump Applicators Rule Delay

    Farmworker groups are scrambling to preserve their legal challenge to the Trump administration's one-year delay of an Obama-EPA rule bolstering training requirements for applicators of certain pesticides, asking an appellate court to rule on the proper venue for their lawsuit or hold off rejecting their case until a lower court rules on jurisdiction.

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  • CPSC Takes Steps To Ban Products Containing Certain Flame Retardants

    Even as EPA continues its long-running effort to weigh the risks of flame retardant chemicals, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Sept. 20 approved a petition filed by environmentalists, first responders, public health groups and others to ban products containing one class of the chemicals and to warn consumers of the risks.

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  • California's Plan For Chlorpyrifos Mitigation Fails To Satisfy Groups

    California pesticide officials are planning "interim" mitigation steps to reduce exposure to agricultural applications of the pesticide chlorpyrifos as they advance a new health risk assessment for the compound, but public health groups and environmentalists argue the action falls well short of what is necessary to protect residents and farmworkers.

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  • Senate Committee Delays Confirmation Hearing Of Four EPA Nominees

    The Senate environment committee has delayed its planned Sept. 20 confirmation hearing for four EPA nominees giving environmentalists time to intensify their opposition to the nominees, especially the two nominees tapped to lead the toxics and air offices, who they were already strongly opposing.

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  • Trump EPA's First Air Toxics Rule Review Eases Cement Sector Standards

    The Trump EPA is proposing its first residual risk and technology review (RTR) -- a Clean Air Act mandated review of existing air toxics standards years after their issuance -- by floating eased emissions standards for cement production facilities, while also clarifying some compliance mandates that may save the sector money.

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  • GAO accepts Democrats' request to review EPA's FACA compliance

    GAO has “accepted the request and will begin work in October.”

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  • State Court Scraps California's Approval Of Expanded Neonicotinoid Use

    A California appellate court has scrapped the state pesticides department's approval of expanded uses of two neonicotinoid pesticides that environmentalists claim are killing bees, finding that regulators failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by approving product label amendments without sufficient environmental review.

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