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OMB reviewing measure revising Obama-era pesticide rules

White House officials are reviewing a pair of rules rolling back Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing farmworkers' exposures to pesticides.

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EPA issues TSCA new chemicals submission guide

EPA's guidance seeks to advise industry on how to ensure speedy review and approvals of their new chemicals submissions.

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New York sues manufacturers over firefighting foam contamination

The state says the suit is the first to target manufacturers of firefighting foam containing perfluorinated chemicals.

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ATSDR Seeks To Downplay Effect Of PFAS Risk Levels Stricter Than EPA's

A federal health agency has released its much-anticipated draft toxicological profile for perfluorinated chemicals that recommends risk values more conservative than EPA's, but the agency is downplaying potential health concerns from exposures above its limits, cautioning the public not to read its levels as cleanup or health effects standards.

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Environmentalists May Tighten Demands After Pesticide 'Mega' Suit Proceeds

A judge is allowing environmentalists to continue their long-running suit seeking to force EPA to consult with wildlife regulators on risks of dozens of pesticides to endangered species, but the plaintiffs may face new complications, including a requirement to seek vacatur of the products' registrations because EPA's bar on settlements may preclude a deal on the review deadlines the group is seeking.

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EPA issues LRRP penalty guide after whistleblower complaint

EPA has issued new enforcement and penalty guidance for its lead renovation, repair and painting rule after a whistleblower faulted inadequate inspections in Region 4.

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NRDC Suit Faces Hurdles But May Dissuade EPA Use Of New Chemicals Plan

Environmentalists' lawsuit challenging EPA's framework for reviewing new chemicals appears to face legal hurdles because it challenges a policy that is not yet final but it nevertheless appears to have dissuaded the agency from following the novel process it floated last year to speed chemical reviews, industry and environmental attorneys say.

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Senate appropriators order PFAS review's release

“ATSDR is directed to publish to the Federal Register, within 15 days of enactment, the proposed toxicological profile,” Senate appropriators said.

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Democrats Seek To Preserve EPA's RMP Provisions In CFATS Renewal

As the Trump administration works to roll back the Obama-era rule strengthening EPA's facility accident prevention program, House Democrats are seeking to codify portions of the rule in pending legislation renewing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) facility security program and incorporate some of its provisions into any future DHS program.

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Eying TSCA backlog, EPA seeks expedited ICR review

EPA is seeking expedited White House review of an information request as part of its ongoing effort to speed new chemical reviews under the revised TSCA.

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