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NAS Panel Expected To Advise EPA On Developing Low-Dose Toxicity Tests

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will release next week a report on the health effects that some chemicals may cause at low exposure levels, or doses -- a situation that NAS will say EPA's existing regulatory toxicology testing approaches does not address, though the Trump administration budget sought to eliminate one such program.

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EPA releases first SNURs since TSCA reform enactment

EPA's release of significant new use rules for 29 chemicals is part of an effort to cut the backlog of new chemical reviews since last year's overhaul of the federal toxics law.

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Environmentalists Petition EPA For Rules Requiring Pesticide Mixture Data

Environmentalists are petitioning EPA to issue rules revising federal pesticide regulations to protect against risks from product formulations rather than individual active ingredients, arguing that EPA has long recognized risks of such mixtures and that Congress intended for the agency to protect against the full range of products' risks.

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Environmentalists fault Pruitt's 'closed mind' to attack RMP delay

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's past opposition to facility safety rule revisions undermines his lengthy stay of the regulatory changes, according to environmentalists.

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EPA Cites Public Input To Justify Air Law Authority For RMP Policy Delay

EPA is claiming broad Clean Air Act authority for its final rule that significantly delays implementation of Obama-era revisions to the agency's facility safety policy, saying its decision to first seek public comment on the delay shields it from the legal uncertainty that led an appellate court to recently vacate a stay of an unrelated air rule.

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TSCA Reform Supporters Tout Fee Rule To Help Offset EPA Budget Cuts

EPA's acting toxics chief and supporters of the agency's efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) say the pending draft rule imposing fees on the chemical sector could help to offset proposed EPA funding cuts in fiscal year 2018 that environmentalists and others have warned might risk hindering implementation of the law.

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New Jersey legislators seek to ban chlorpyrifos

New Jersey legislators are seeking to ban chlorpyrifos after the Trump EPA reversed the Obama administration's plan to ban use of the common pesticide on food.

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GOP states aim to defend EPA's RMP delay from lawsuit

A dozen GOP-led states are seeking to intervene to defend EPA against environmentalists' suit over the agency's delay implementing Obama-era facility safety program revisions.

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Former EPA Risk Assessor Said To Be Top Contender For Toxics Chief

Michael Dourson, a former EPA risk assessor and founder of a leading risk assessment consulting group, is the leading contender for the appointment to head EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), which is responsible for implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform law that President Obama enacted last summer.

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CBD queries industry influence on EPA's ESA reviews

The group is seeking documents from EPA that may inform its claims of industry influence on the Trump administration's efforts to assess pesticides' risks to listed species.

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