A coalition of GOP states is petitioning EPA to delay by an additional 15 months the effective date of the Obama administration's final rule updating the agency's facility accident prevention program, saying more time is needed beyond the current delayed June deadline for EPA to weigh whether to revise or outright repeal the regulation.
Groups opposed to fluoridating drinking water are planning to sue EPA over its denial of their petition asking it to use Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to prohibit fluoridation, which will pose a test of the agency's novel rationale for rejecting the request as falling short of what is required under the recently revised TSCA.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider the Obama administration's final rule overhauling the agency's facility accident prevention program hinged on federal investigators' ruling that arson caused the West, TX, fire driving the rulemaking, backing industry assertions that the finding is a threshold issue that undermines the need for the rule.
The industry petition that prompted the Trump administration to agree to reconsider the Obama-era overhaul of EPA's risk management plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program tees up numerous issues on which the agency may seek public input, including the threshold question of whether the finding that arson caused the fire that drove the rulemaking undermines the need for the final rule.
Chemical manufacturer Monsanto and two offshoot companies are fighting Washington state's attempt to move litigation seeking compensation for damages and cleanup costs caused by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from federal court back to state court.
American experts on the international treaty on persistent and organic environmental pollutants are pointing to the role the United States could play in advancing risk-based analyses in the treaty's implementation if the Senate ratifies the treaty -- a nascent goal for the chemical industry as European precautionary views have grown in influence.