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Sen. Lankford Introduces Bill Applying TSCA Science Standards To APA

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced a bill that would amend the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by applying scientific standards in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to all federal agencies that use science in their decisionmaking, saying it would ensure EPA and other agencies use "unbiased" data to develop their rules.

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Waste: GAO warns updated EPA nuclear safety rules needed

The report faults the Department of Energy over developing a consent-based siting approach for nuclear waste.

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Waste: DOD backs GAO call to estimate emerging contaminant costs

DOD has not reported to Congress that the estimated cost of cleaning up emerging contaminants will significantly increase total BRAC cleanup costs, GAO says.

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NAS Report Finds New Methods Will Advance, Challenge EPA Risk Analyses

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.

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EPA Guide Offers Criteria For Hazardous Waste Facility Post-Closure Care

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.

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House GOP Renews Push For EPA 'Secret Science,' SAB Reform Bills

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.

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Environmentalists Press EPA, Other Agencies For Stronger Biotech Reviews

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.

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GOP Eyes Handful Of High-Profile CRA Efforts To Undo Obama EPA Rules

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.

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EPA Toxics Chief Says TSCA's Deadlines Will Bind Trump Administration

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.

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States Claim CWA Rule Violates Supreme Court, Constitutional Mandates

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.

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