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Toxics

Environmentalists, Industry At Odds Over EPA's Plan For CBI Under TSCA

Environmentalists are sparring with petroleum and chemical manufacturers over how broadly EPA should apply confidential business information (CBI) restrictions preventing disclosure of data on substances that companies submit to the agency in order to comply with the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Former EPA Toxics Chief Doubts Adoption Of 'Sustainable' ESA-FIFRA Review

Former EPA toxics chief Jim Jones says he doubts the Trump administration will be able to adopt “sustainable” long-term changes to the agency's Obama-era framework for reviewing the impact of pesticides on endangered species, putting a damper on chemical industry calls to scrap the program.

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Trump's FY18 Budget Would Maintain Smaller, 'Refocused' IRIS Program

EPA's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 seeks to preserve a smaller version of the agency's influential but often controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which had been slated for elimination in an early budget memo, signaling the program will be devoted in part to assessing substances under the revised toxics law and other mandatory regulatory programs.

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After Delays, EPA's Superfund Vapor Intrusion Rule Quietly Takes Effect

EPA has quietly put into effect an Obama-era rule that opens the door to listing Superfund sites based solely on vapor or water intrusion, after twice delaying the effective dates of the rule along with several others that were signed late in the last administration but which were slated to take effect under the new regime.

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Trump EPA Advances First Final Rule To Implement Revised Toxics Law

The Trump EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review its first final rule to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), advancing a measure establishing how to prioritize chemicals for risk evaluation that the Obama EPA proposed but the new administration will finalize based on its own approach to TSCA.

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BOSC Chair Says Dismissals Show EPA 'Marginalization' Of Science Input

The chairman of EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) told a House Science Committee panel that the agency's decision not to reappoint nine of the board's 18 members is part of a broader pattern of “marginalization of science” by the Trump administration that goes beyond EPA, while conceding that the move was lawful.

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EPA further delays portions of Obama-era formaldehyde rule

EPA says the delay of various compliance deadlines in the formaldehyde air rule is necessary to give industry more time to meet the rule's requirements.

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EPA Plan To Scrap Pesticide Rules Threatens Alliance Seeking Funding Bill

Farmworker representatives are threatening to pull out of a long-standing coalition with industry that helps secure federal funds for streamlined EPA pesticide registrations if the Trump administration follows through on plans to scrap agency pesticide programs and scale back Obama-era rules for reducing farmworkers' exposures to pesticides.

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Beekeepers petition EPA to regulate pesticide-treated seeds

The petition resumes the groups' push which was stymied last year when a federal court rejected their lawsuit seeking to compel the regulation.

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Environmentalists Fear Regulatory Reform Push May Hinder TSCA Reform

Environmentalists fear that the Trump EPA's regulatory reform effort might hinder implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by diverting scarce agency resources to identifying TSCA rules for possible repeal rather than pursuing the new toxics rules mandated by the law that have broad bipartisan backing.

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