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Facing Legal Hurdles, EPA's 'Secret Science' Plan Punts On Key Issues

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a long-promised plan barring the agency's use of any information in decision-making that is not publicly available, but the proposed rule punts on a host of tricky legal and implementation issues, including statutory mandates to use the best available science and how to address confidential trade secrets and medically protected data.

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California court upholds state's Prop. 65 glyphosate listing

While the state court rejected industry arguments, a federal court has blocked the state from requiring the pesticide be labeled as a carcinogen.

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Pruitt signs proposed rule limiting EPA science

EPA's proposal has drawn concerns from industry groups who fear it would limit EPA's ability to use trade secret information to approve chemicals and pesticides.

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EPA poised to release science transparency rule

It is not clear how the measure will address concerns from industry groups and some top agency officials that basing regulatory decision on publicly available science will limit use of confidential industry studies.

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Agencies Wrestle With Lead Exposure Goals Ahead Of Strategy's Release

Two months before the planned release of a federal strategy for reducing children's lead exposures, EPA and other agencies are wrestling with key policy goals, including a planned schedule for eliminating exposures, whether the strategy will complement pending EPA rules and if EPA plans to account for stricter federal health standards that are slated to be adopted later this year.

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EPA Sees TSCA Fee Increase If It Adopts New 'Small Business' Metric

EPA says it might have to hike the fees it charges companies for approving new and existing chemicals under the revised toxics law if it adopts one of two employee-based size metrics it is considering for defining “small businesses” that are charged lower fees.

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EPA Floats 'Secret Science' Ban Rule, Signaling Possible Internal Fixes

EPA has sent for White House review a proposed rule to increase the transparency of regulatory science, advancing Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial efforts to ban the use of “secret science” in a move that suggests officials have addressed at least some internal concerns that such a policy could violate statutory protections of medical privacy and trade secrets.

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EPA's Chloroform Study Plan Raises Queries Over Reach Of IRIS Reviews

Introducing their plan to science advisors last September, Bahadori's presentation slides explained that chloroform has a "small evidence base" and the plan is to conduct a "targeted update to address Agency need." EPA's Superfund, air and Region 4 offices expressed a specific need for an inhalation reference value for chloroform, the documents say.

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Top Democrats Urge EPA To Quickly Craft Enforceable SDWA Limit For PFAS

More than two dozen Democratic senators are urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to quickly develop an enforceable, federal standard under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though agency officials have said that development of such a standard would be a “multi-year” effort.

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EPA children's health advisors target lead exposures

CHPAC will review its prior advice to EPA on reducing childhood lead exposures as federal health officials prepare to tighten the action level for when to initiate public health protections.

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