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Environmentalists launch suit challenging EPA's TSCA rules

The lawsuit alleges that the Trump EPA's rules violate a requirement to conduct a holistic review that considers all of a chemical's uses.

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EPA Critics Fault Agency's List Of Prior Rules Justifying RMP Rule Delay

Critics of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's two-year delay of Obama-era updates to the agency's risk management plan (RMP) facility safety program are criticizing a list of prior rule delays that EPA says justify postponing the RMP rule, with opponents of the delay saying the other rules had legal justifications and were not tested in court.

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EPA Rejection Of Equity Petitions Spurs Shift In 'Citizen Science' Strategy

Proponents of “citizen science” research collected by non-governmental entities say EPA's rejection of two equity petitions that relied in part on such data signals the agency is refusing to accept the research, prompting them to instead focus on using data to lobby local governments to pursue projects aimed at improving the environment.

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EPA outlines scope of ammonia ingestion assessment

EPA's plan for developing an assessment of the non-cancer health risks of ingesting ammonia illustrates agency official's push for more targeted evaluations.

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EPA's TSCA Testing Methods Plan Faces Early Challenge As Groups Split

EPA's draft strategic plan for adopting and using new, non-animal testing methods for implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is facing an early challenge as environmentalists and animal welfare groups are split over how quickly the agency should implement the new methods.

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NAS advice on IRIS disappoints chemical industry

“We look forward to working with Congress and EPA to improve the IRIS program so that it will one day be able to produce high-quality, scientifically sound chemical assessments,” ACC said in a statement.

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House farm bill seeks to block local pesticide rules

Farm bill language seeks to prevent localities from issuing pesticide rules stricter than federal law.

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OIRA Working With EPA To Develop 'Best Practices' On Scientific Data

White House regulatory chief Neomi Rao says her staff is working with EPA on developing a policy on the use of scientific data that underlies its rules, suggesting that the agency may take a softer approach than Administrator Scott Pruitt had signaled when he said he would require the agency to rely only on publicly available data to justify its rules.

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House Farm Bill Seeks To Scrap Inter-Agency ESA Pesticide Consultations

House Republicans in the recently introduced Farm Bill are proposing to amend federal pesticide law to strip a requirement that EPA consult with federal wildlife agencies on pesticides' risks to endangered species, a provision environmentalists say could make it more difficult to move the bill through the Senate and would speed extinctions.

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NRDC sues EPA for emails on delayed chemical bans

The group is seeking “all communications to or from” the former Trump EPA toxics nominee over three chemicals that the Obama administration proposed to ban but which the agency has now shelved.

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