The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a just-released report says new toxicology and exposure technologies have the potential to advance more complex regulatory risk assessment, including evaluation of the effects of multiple and non-chemical stressors, but also outline a series of challenges these new methods will pose for EPA and other agencies.
EPA has issued long-awaited guidance to help state and federal regulators determine whether to lengthen or shorten the 30-year period during which hazardous waste landfill operators must monitor for potential releases following unit closures, coming as many facilities across the country are approaching the end of their 30-year monitoring period.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the science committee, is pledging to advance controversial legislative provisions to reform EPA's scientific activities following the agency's release of a long-awaited hydraulic fracturing report, with sources saying the effort could gain traction with the incoming Trump administration.
Environmentalists and public health advocates are calling for stronger oversight of biotechnology products under an updated Coordinated Framework that governs how EPA and other agencies regulate such products, while industry groups are largely calling for a restatement of the existing framework.
Republicans are eyeing a handful of high-profile Congressional Review Act (CRA) votes to undo several major Obama EPA rules given expectations that the outgoing administration has few significant rules left to issue, compared to the 100-plus regulations some advocates identified for CRA votes when President Obama was first elected.
EPA toxics chief Jim Jones says the updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) contains a host of deadlines for finalizing new policies on reviewing existing and future chemicals that will bind the Trump administration, noting that if the next president tries to stall implementation of the law it could face deadline suits seeking the rules.
A coalition of 31 states challenging EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule is claiming that the agencies' rule ignores Supreme Court precedent, usurps state water authorities, and violates Constitutional principles on states' rights, the Commerce Clause and vagueness doctrines.
EPA has quietly released a trio of guidance documents on how and whether Superfund lead risk assessments should incorporate various data, including short-term exposure scenarios, updated variables relating to blood lead levels in adults and maternal blood lead levels at childbirth, and data from public health monitoring.