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EPA urges court to reject pesticide applicators rule suit

EPA says environmentalists' appellate suit should be dismissed because they concede their case should be heard by a district court.

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Suit Over Rejected Fluoride Petition Could Test EPA's Stance On TCSA 'Uses'

EPA is poised to respond to environmentalists' suit challenging the agency's rejection of their petition seeking to ban the practice of fluoridating water under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but the case could test EPA's stance on which chemical uses it must consider in its risk analyses as it has taken a different position on the issue in recently issued TSCA rules.

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Groups seek to preserve challenge to applicators rule delay

Farmworker groups aim to preserve challenge to Trump administration delay of Obama EPA rule seeking to bolster protections for applicators of certain pesticides.

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House Democrats fault EPA rollbacks in face of extreme weather

House Democrats argue Trump administration plans to slash EPA funding fly in the face of the need to secure contaminated sites against increasing risk of hurricanes and other disasters.

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Industry Eyes Novel TSCA Analysis For Siloxanes But Doubts Need For Rules

The chemical industry is preparing a risk evaluation of a siloxane, one of a class of chemicals used to produce a host of industrial and consumer products, which will likely be one of the first that EPA receives under a provision of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that allows third parties to submit such evaluations to EPA for its consideration.

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Senate authorizes funding for military PFAS cleanups

The Senate has approved legislation authorizing the military to spend $62 million on remediating contamination from chemicals in firefighting foam.

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EPA Preparing Guidance To Help Address States' Uncertainty Over WPS

EPA is preparing guidance to help address states' uncertainty over whether and how to enforce the Obama-era rule strengthening the agency's farmworker protection standards (WPS) given Trump administration commitments to enforce the measure even as officials take steps to delay compliance with, and potentially revise, the regulation.

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EPA Sidesteps State Request For Update On ESA Pesticide Framework

EPA is sidestepping calls from state regulators who are pressing the agency on whether it will meet a year-end court deadline for completing the first three consultations under a new federal framework for assessing pesticides' risks to endangered species after industry groups earlier this year urged the agency to scrap the process, calling it overly conservative and unrealistic.

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EPA Seeks To Move TSCA Prioritization Rule Suit From 9th To 4th Circuit

EPA is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to transfer to the 4th Circuit environmentalists' challenges to the agency's rule for prioritizing chemicals for review under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), arguing the 4th Circuit is already hearing a case over a related rule and moving it there could conserve resources.

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EPA seeks comments on perchlorate materials, peer reviewers

The action is unlikely to help ensure the agency meets a court-ordered deadline for completing its review.

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